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It is unclear whether the first party New Democracy and (what appears to be the third party) PASOK occupy enough seats in the parliament to form a majority (jointly accounting for roughly 35.5% of the vote).
Even if they do, they will do so with a marginal vote share and they may need more parties to join in, in order to form a broader coalition government.
The "radical left" (SYRIZA), with its clear anti-austerity agenda (but not an anti Europe agenda), is the second party in terms of votes and becomes a key “power-broker” among the anti-austerity powers of the left and the right (radical left accounts for 16.5% of the vote roughly).
Parties of the far right (Independent Greeks and Golden Dawn) appear to occupy a large portion of the next parliament jointly (counting for more than 15% of the vote).
The foggy political situation in Greece stands in stark contrast to the immediate decisions that need to be taken in the next two months. As we mentioned in our Friday note (European Views: A Preview of Greece Elections), for the next government, we believe:
A decision will need to be made for the Greek international-law bond maturing on the 15th of May the owners of which have held out from the PSI process. The outstanding notional is not large (about EUR430mn) but the broader implications of a no-payment decision are unknown.
Second, by June, budget cuts worth about 11.5bn EUR for the rest of the program period will need to be specified. There is little room left in the budget to promote such an adjustment without affecting public sector wages and pensions. Beyond the funds for PSI and for a partial recapitalization of the banking system, the rest of the funds from the second package remain undisbursed. Undisbursed funds for 7bn EUR worth of arrears (roughly speaking) and for the primary position of Greece will be important for the domestic economy.
Third, pressure from international lenders will likely shift on product market reforms going forward. This implies a focus on privatizations, opening up closed professions, reducing barriers to entry for new enterprises, reducing assured profit margins for various sectors etc. This is a crucial part of the recovery process for Greece and stalling those would likely deepen the recession.
Fourth and final, the recapitalization of the banking system in a format that makes it easy for banks to attract private capital in the future needs to move forward in a short time-span to safeguard financial stability.
A resounding lack of a pro-bailout coalition government. The two big pro-austerity parties got a stunningly low 32% of the vote, meaning that the overwhelming intention of voters was "anti-programme" (against the existing austerity deal). That makes it extremely unlikely that the current cuts-for-bailouts deal can go ahead easily. Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/duetsche-bank-on-greek-elections-2012-5#ixzz1uAlHsjbo
When the people have lost everything they are free to do anything - as they did,
ND + Pasok have 149 as of 300. Two SHORT of a WEAK majority
The anti-bailout parties will have among them nearly 60% of the finaly vote which means they could form an anti-bailout coalition if they buried their diferences.
A more likely outcome is that a broader coalition government is built, but with an explicit mandate to renegotiate the bailout, instantly creating Euro-wide uncertainty
Polls showed Hollande with 52 to 53 percent of the vote in an election that turned on solutions for Europe's economic crisis amid record unemployment in France.
Hollande, has said he's opposed to the Eurozone's existing (but unsigned) fiscal compact, which effectively bans fiscal stimulus. He also favors more ECB involvement, higher taxes domestically, and generally a stance towards growth.
More significantly, perhaps, is that Merkozy is no more.
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