Insight – Greek premier prepared European ground before vote gamble

December 18, 2014 7:14 AM

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ATHENS (Reuters) – Prime Minister Antonis Samaras has bet on Greece’s future with an early vote for the presidency. But in contrast to a recent predecessor, he made sure before dropping the bombshell that Berlin and Brussels wouldn’t stand in the way.

Samaras’s decision last week to bring the three-stage parliamentary vote forward to this month from February took the Greek establishment and financial markets by surprise.

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