Greece Caught in the Labyrinth

Papandreou, ailing and under attack, is not yet out for the count

Reasonable people expected that Prime Minister Andreas Papandreou would suffer heavier losses. He had campaigned for the June 18 parliamentary elections amid a series of scandals linking some members of his government to huge embezzlement, fraud, payoffs and illegal arms deals. On top of that, there was his public romance with Dimitra Liani, a former airline flight attendant half his age. But Papandreou's Panhellenic Socialist Movement (PASOK) slid only far enough to lose its majority. And since no other party won more than half the seats, Papandreou, who was hospitalized in serious condition last week with lung, heart and kidney complications,...

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