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Greek crisis: Dead airwaves, sweeping the nation

Dead airwaves, sweeping the nation – Ilias Makris
I Kathimerini (Athens)

“Look at that, a channel broadcast nationwide”

Greece’s public television channel, ERT, has been silent since it was shut down six days ago, even if rebellious staff continue to broadcast programs online, namely debates concerning the government and the “troika” of the European Commission, the European Central Bank and the International Monetary Fund.

At the same time, exactly one year after June 2012’s legislative elections, the spectre of new elections are haunting Greece. A poll published in newspaper Kathimerini on June 16 puts the neo-Nazi Golden Dawn at 11.5 per cent support in intentions to vote, placing it ahead of the socialist party PASOK with 6.5 per cent but behind the New Democracy party of Prime Minister Antonis Samaras with 29 per cent.