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Greek far-left ends coalition bid

  • Greece’s far-left Syriza bloc has abandoned plans to form a coalition.

    Leader Alexis Tsipras said he failed to reach an outcome with mainstream parties due to his rejection of austerity measures demanded by the IMF and EU as part of a bailout deal.

    The announcement was made following talks with the Pasok and New Democracy (ND) parties.

    Pasok leader Evangelos Venizelos is now expected to attempt to form a coalition after ND leader Antonis Samaras failed to do so on Monday.