Top news: Greece's left-wing Syriza bloc will have a chance to form a coalition government after center-right, pro-austerity parties failed to do so following a drubbing in Sunday's Greek election. Syriza leader Alexis Tsipras, whose anti-austerity, anti-bailout party finished a surprise second place in the vote, went into talks with President Karolos Papoulias on Tuesday and is expected to be given three days to form a government. The conservative New Democracy party failed after only one day.
"We want to create a government of leftist forces in order to escape the bailout leading us to bankruptcy," Tsipras said. However, his chances of being able to form a coalition are slim, raising the possibility of repeat elections, likely on June 17. "The country is heading at high speed towards catastrophe," an editorial in Kathimerini said of that possibility.
Despite the hopes of many voters that a left-wing coalition could reject the terms of the EU bailout or at least renegotiate them, a spokesman for German Chancellor Angela Merkel said the country must stick to the plan. "The agreements must be adhered to. They are the best way forward for Greece," he said.
Meanwhile, the far right Golden Dawn party, known for its swastika-style logo and extreme anti-immigrant rhetoric, is planning its own agenda after winning 21 seats in Sunday's vote. In his victory speech Sunday, party leader Nikos Michaloliakos called for the "liberation" of part of neighboring Albania.
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- China has expelled Al Jazeera.
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- Spain is planning a state bailout of the country's third largest bank.
- Ukraine has postponed a planned regional summit after several leaders threatened to boycott over the imprisonment of Yulia Tymoshenko.
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