ATHENS -- Five years after Greeks chose a government to cut taxes, privatize big companies and tackle corruption, they are preparing to throw it out in elections Sunday.
The New Democracy Party government is seen as having failed. The Greek economy is contracting, the country's debt burden is rising fast and cash-for-favors scandals have continued to erupt.
On Sunday, polls show, Greeks are likely to elect a socialist government led by a party that pledges to raise taxes on the wealthy, spend more on the public sector -- including €3 billion ($4.38 billion) in stimulus -- and run the government better. The latest opinion polls give the socialist Pasok party 36.7% of the vote against 29.8% for New Democracy, but a hung parliament is possible.
Στο ίδιο άρθρο μιλάει και ο γνωστός και αγαπητός στη Θεσσαλονίκη Σπύρος Πέγκας:
Spiros Pengas, a 41-year-old carpet merchant in Greece's second city, Thessaloniki, says one of his stores is having its worst sales for a decade, and some customers' checks are bouncing. He says he hasn't felt so poor before. He voted for New Democracy five years ago, but blames the government for his troubles and said he is planning to change to Pasok this time. The two parties dominate Greek politics.
"The current government hasn't done anything, and now we are paying for that," he says. Still, he adds, "I think the two parties are pretty much the same overall."
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