Greece: Back to the Polls

Though 75-year-old Middle-Reader George Papandreou won November's Greek elections, his party fell short of a parliamentary majority. A few weeks later, Papandreou survived a vote of confidence, but only with the support of 28 leftist Deputies. No thanks, said the new Premier, abruptly resigning. Despite the urging of King Paul, Papandreou also refused to enter a coalition with the conservatives, whose defeated leader, Constantine Karamanlis, had disgustedly quit politics and retired (temporarily, at least) to Paris.

Instead, Papandreou demanded new elections, which he figured would result in a sweeping victory over the...

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