Tsipras turns down ‘grand coalition’ invitation by Meimarakis

During a televised debate on Monday night, Syriza leader Alexis Tsipras ruled out forming a coalition government with New Democracy after the Sep 20 election.

In the debate, hosted by state broadcaster ERT, Tsipras argued that there is no doubt that immediately after the election, the country will have a government. But “it won’t be an abnormal government with Syriza and New Democracy in coalition”.

The leader of the conservative party, Vangelis Meimarakis, said Greeks wanted the stability that only a grand coalition between left-wing Syriza and center-right New Democracy could bring. “We can have a national team not only in the governance of the country, but also a national negotiating team [for Greece’s bailout],” he said.

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(Alexis Tsipras photo: EC audiovisual service)