Greek coalition to settle ERT dispute through broader agreement

Greece’s coalition government leaders held fresh crunch talks Wednesday night in Athens in search of a compromise over the closure of state broadcaster ERT. Leaders agreed to meet again Thursday night; however, the crisis appears to have been defused.

The threat of an early general election loomed over the country as Prime Minister Antonis Samaras presented Socialist PASOK leader, Evangelos Venizelos and Democratic Left (DIMAR) chief, Fotis Kouvelis, his proposals over how the national broadcaster would operate short-term until a revamped state TV and radio network is set up.

The Prime Minister didn’t make a statement after the three and a half hour meeting. However, talks reportedly proceeded in conciliatory mood. The trio is now expected to reach a broader agreement which will bring about a cabinet reshuffle, a different modus operandi for the coalition as well as an interim state-TV program to replace ERT until a new entity is launched in a few months.

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