Feb. 8 - A public opinion poll of Greek citizens show they've lost patience with their political leaders and want new elections, as Greek party leaders continue their delayed talks on a second EU/IMF bailout. Joanna Partridge reports.
While Greek politicians continue to seek concencus on a reform deal in return for their second EU/IMF bailout - a public opinion poll shows Greek citizens have had enough. The survey, carried out on behalf of a Greek newspaper and TV station, showed 91% aren't happy with how the government is handling the country's problems and over half want elections says political analyst George Tzogopoulos. SOUNDBITE: George Tzogopoulos, Politicial analyst, Hellenic Foundation for European and Foreign Policy, saying (English) "People are totally angry and disappointed witdfh Greek politicians, and they see no alternative which can guarantee a better future for them and for their lives. That is why they do not trust them any longer and they cannot find someone whom they will vote in the next election round." The poll also showed over three quarters of Greeks oppose the austerity package designed by the government and the EU and IMF, although 70% think it would be worse to return to the drachma. Greek parliamentary elections could take place as soon as April. SOUNDBITE: Stamatis Fokas, Greek citizen, saying (Greek): "There is so much insecurity and the politicians have disappointed us so much that I don't think I'll be able to trust anyone." SOUNDBITE: Andreas Blanos, Greek citizen, saying (Greek): "Our first obligation is to punish all these parties. I'll decide exactly what I do when the time comes, depending on what's best for the country." But the politicians aren't just under pressure at home. After days of delays, EU leaders have begun to say the euro zone could live without Athens if it doesn't keep its side of the bargain. Greece has to receive money from its latest bailout by March to avoid a chaotic default. Athens has been told the bailout talks and discussions with private bondholders have to be concluded and approved by its international lenders by 15 February - that's one deadline it really can't afford to miss. Joanna Partridge, Reuters