Greek Far-Left Leader Vows Unity

    The Greek leader of the Radical Left  (Syriza) coalition, Alexis Tsipras, arrives on May 8, 2012 for a meeting in Athens with Greek President Karolos Papoulias, who gave him a mandate to form a government. The country's youngest political leader at 37, Tsipras has three days to form a government after a similar attempt by the first-ranked conservative New Democracy party failed.  General elections on May 6 failed to produce a clear winner but gave an overwhelming boost to Syriza, which elected 52 deputies in parliament. AFP PHOTO / POOL / Kostas Tsironis        (Photo credit should read Kostas Tsironis/AFP/GettyImages)

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    The leader of the Greek far left, who has been tasked with forming the country’s government, said that although he finds the European Union’s bailout terms “barbaric,” he will meet with pro-bailout parties on Wednesday. If the two sides fail to come to an agreement, Greece could have fresh elections in a few weeks. Alexis Tsipras has said he wants to move away from the harsh austerity plans, even if it means abandoning the EU bailout commitments—despite Germany’s declaration on Tuesday that if Greece fails to meet its bailout terms, it will not receive any aid. Greek media reported that Tsipras’s reform plans have the support of the smaller left-wing party, the Democratic Left, and he secured agreement from Greece’s center-right party on Tuesday.

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