Greek switch-off keeps the home fires burning

Despite recent signs of political stability, the closure of the Greek state broadcaster has cast new doubts over the country's future, writes Anthee Carassava in Athens.

22nd June, 2013
Thousands protest outside the ERT (Greek state television) headquarters in support of employees, during a 24-hour strike in Athens last week. Photo: Getty

Just as the numbers started looking up and the government began talking about a Greek success story, prime minister Antonis Samaras may have shot himself - and his country's fortunes - in the foot.

Bent on convincing international lenders of his resolve to turn the economy around, the business-minded conservative leader shut down Greece's state broadcaster ERT on June 11, sacking all its 2,656 employees. It was his biggest political gambit yet.

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