Germany's chancellor has decided that Greece should hold a referendum on the euro together with next month's national elections! The news came from office of the Greek prime minister Panagiotis Pikrammenos who informed the leaders of the seven parliament parties on the content of the conversation between Merkel and Greek president Karolos Papoulias.
PM Pikrammenos contacted political leaders A. Samaras, Al. Tsipras, Ev Venizelos, Al. Papariga, N. Michaloliakos and F. Kouvelis and filled them in on the contents of the conversation held between the President and Chancellor Angela Merkel.
According to the statement of the prime minister's office, Mrs Merkel expressed her thoughts to the President about a referendum alongside with the Greek elections. The referendum would have to do with whether Greek citizens wish to stay in the eurozone...
Although, the meeting of the political leaders lasted more than an hour, the political leaders could not agree on a certain political figure who would become the interim PM of the country in order to lead Greece to the new elections' round.
The proposal of ND and PASOK to keep Lucas Papademos on the post was not accepted the other parties and President Papoulias decided to place judge Panagiotis Pikramenos to the position of caretaker PM.
Mr. Pikramenos was born in Athens on 1945. He studied Law at the Athens Law University and post-degree studies in Public Law in Paris.
According to the country's budget the annual grant to the President of the Republic ισ amounted to 283,694 euros.
The President asked the Minister of Finance to take all necessary actions in order to stop receiving his salary.
"This is a symbolic movement that honors him" said Mr. Venizelos.
Let's see if any of the other well paid politicians will do the same...
During the celebrations the crowd started shouting slogans against Karolos Papoulias and the police arrested 6 people for insulting on honor of President of Democracy!
Earlier this morning Minister of Education Anna Diamantopoulou and Athens Major Yiorgos Kaminis were booed at the celebrations on Agios Dionysios church in Athens.
Watch the video from Chalkida below:
Lucas Papademos will (you can never be 100% sure with these politicians) be the new Prime Minister of Greece. Mr. Papademos arrived to the Presidential Palace to join the meeting of the Political leaders with the President Karolos Papoulias.
The meeting between Papandreou, Samaras, LA.O.S party leader Karatzaferis and Karolos Papoulias at the presidential mansion started at 10:15 and is still under way. Mr. Papademos arrived at the Mansion around 12:00.
In a few hours (6 pm local time) Prime Minister Papandreou will meet the President Mr. Karolos Papoulias in order to submit his resignation. Immediately after, the President will will meet the council of political leaders in order to announce then new Prime Minister of Greece and the composition of the coalition government.
According to latest information, FinMin Evangelos Venizelos and Filippos Petsalnikos (current President of Greek Parliament) are possible candidates for the Prime Minister's position.
Two alternative solutions would be of Professor Vassilios Skouris (president of the Court of Justice) and Vasilis Rapanos (Chairman of the Board of the National Bank of Greece and Chairman of the Hellenic Bank Association).
The Greek Communist Party (KKE) as well as the left-wing SYRIZA party rejected the invitation for the meeting among the Greek president Papoulias and the party leaders on Monday for the reason that the new coalition government is not established through elections and thereby is illegitimate. As a result, the meeting was canceled.
KKE leader Aleka Papariga belittled the crisis coalition deal, on the grounds that the temporary government will not have the capability to restrain the nation's huge debt avoiding a default.
Papandreou and Samaras agreed on a coalition government – L.Papademos will probably be the new Prime Minister
The new government will implement the 26th October agreement and lead the country to elections with possible date the 19th of February 2012.
PM Papandreou will not lead the new government and the person that will probably replace him will be the former Vice President of the ECB Lucas Papademos.
Official sources report that George Papandreou may announce his resignation right after today's cabinet meeting that starts the procedures for the coalition government.
A meeting of the political leaders is expected probably tomorrow.
"Negotiations for a coalition government will start as early as possible" were the words of Prime Minister George Papandreou.
“Yesterday the government obtained a vote of confidence. Today I went to the President to inform him regarding my determination to form a national coalition government. The new government must focus on the October 27 agreement, which is a vital for Greece in order to stay in the eurozone. Procedures and conversations will start at the earliest possible time” he added.
After a very difficult day of political pressure and maneuvering, Greek Pm Papandreou said that he is ready to retire in order to form a unity government but he insisted on confidence vote for his government on Friday night:
"I ask for a vote of confidence not only to proceed to the necessary measures but also to initiate discussions on the new partnership. The country will go ahead and will do so if we unite our powers." he stated on last night within a discussion in the Greek parliament.
Moreover, he said : “I am not clinging onto my seat - PASOK, the Greek Socialist Party, assumed the task and the political cost of avoiding the risk of bankruptcy,”
Finally, the Greek Pm said that was determined “to reform Greece and extract it from the crisis.”