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Divided Greece risks social explosion | Reuters

(Reuters) – Pro-bailout party New Democracy may have come first in Sunday’s Greek election but the radical left anti-austerity SYRIZA bloc was celebrating like the real winner well into the warm Athens night.

The election exposed a struggling nation deeply divided over whether to implement a harsh austerity package, the price for receiving a total of 240 billion euros in bailout money from the European Union and IMF to save its near-bankrupt economy.

“My biggest fear is of a social explosion,” said a senior adviser to the country’s likely next prime minister, New Democracy leader Antonis Samaras.

“If there is no change in the policy mix, we’re going to have a social explosion even if you bring Jesus Christ to govern this country.”

via Divided Greece risks social explosion | Reuters.

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