PLEDGE NOW
Here and Now with Robin Young and Jeremy Hobson
Public radio's live
midday news program
With sponsorship from
Mathworks - Accelerating the pace of engineering and science
Accelerating the pace
of engineering and science
Monday, May 14, 2012

Anger Simmers Over Austerity In Greece

Protesters hold a banner that reads: ''Debt write-off'', during a May Day protest in the northern Greek port city of Thessaloniki, where more than 8,000 people marched in protests centered on the country's harsh austerity program. (AP)

In Greece, party leaders headed back to the negotiating table Monday, after failing to agree Sunday on a new coalition government.

The national elections eight days ago ended in a deadlock, with no party winning enough seats to form a government. But the chances of forming a coalition are low, now that one leftist party has pulled out of the talks.

The Greek president had called the four main parties to try to form an emergency government to avoid new elections.

But the radical far left Syriza party said it would not back any coalition which supported austerity. And the moderate Democratic Left party in Greece said it will not join pro-bailout parties in a coalition without Syriza.

This brings Greece one step closer to new elections, and casts doubt on the country’s membership in the Euro currency union and the European Union as a whole.

The BBC’s Richard Galpin, the former Athens correspondent, is back in Greece to gauge the mood of the people, who are bristling under the country’s tough austerity measures.


Please follow our community rules when engaging in comment discussion on this site.
Spotlight

Robin Young and Jeremy Hobson are hitting the road to cover the elections. Our Tumblr brings you behind the scenes.

Robin and Jeremy

Robin Young and Jeremy Hobson host Here & Now, a live two-hour production of NPR and WBUR Boston.

February 5 10 Comments

Lead 101: Flint Crisis Is Latest Example Of America’s Lead Problem

Public health historian Gerald Markowitz reminds us that the problem of lead poisoning is anything but new.

February 5 5 Comments

Why Some Forensic Evidence Isn’t Accurate Or Reliable

The co-founder of the Innocence Project explains the problems with certain types of evidence, such as bite marks.

February 4 5 Comments

Susan Tedeschi And Derek Trucks Talk Music And Marriage

The duo talks about their new album, "Let Me Get By," and about making music together as Tedeschi Trucks Band.

February 4 Comment

Do Babies Understand FaceTime And Skype?

It's reassuring for parents and grandparents far away from their little loved ones, but what do babies get out of it?