Political parties in Greece close in on coalition gov’t

Representatives from three of the four top political parties in Greece meet today in Athens to discuss the formation of a coalition government. For the second time this year, parliamentary elections were held last Sunday, June 17, and similar to the elections in May, not one political party was able to secure enough seats to form a government on its own. The challenge now for elected leaders of New Democracy, Pasok, and the Democratic Party is to find a consensus on policies that would govern a working coalition. A key issue in the discussion is how the new government will address Greece’s debt crisis, including the bailout package from international lenders and whether or not Greece should remain in the euro.

Details on the New York Times