Friday, June 15, 2012

Greek conservative unlikely defender of bailout

June 15, 2012

Antonis Samaras was once its fiercest critic, but the Greek conservative leader is now the last man standing between the EU/IMF bailout keeping Greece afloat and the leftist leader who would tear it up.

Family history weighs heavily on the 61-year-old as he battles to keep Greece part of the euro zone project, the pinnacle of the continent's drive to unite after World War Two.

His great-grandmother Penelope Delta, a celebrated author of patriotic children's books, committed suicide in 1941, unable to stand the sight of German tanks rolling down the streets of Athens.

Such heritage has sometimes propelled Samaras towards the most right-wing corner of the conservative New Democracy party he has led since 2009.


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