Ex-PM rues not hold­ing bailout ref­er­en­dum

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For­mer pre­mier Ge­orge Pa­pan­dreou said yes­ter­day he re­gret­ted not in­sist­ing on a ref­er­en­dum over the Greek bailout be­fore he left of­fice in 2011. Pa­pan­dreou was prime min­is­ter from 2009 to 2011, when he re­signed to make way for a na­tional unity gov­ern­ment dur­ing the out­break of the Greek debt crisis. With the on­slaught of the crisis, Pa­pan­dreou called for a ref­er­en­dum with­out con­sult­ing the coun­try’s part­ners. He was forced to scrap the plan af­ter be­ing chas­tised by Ger­man Chan­cel­lor An­gela Merkel and French Pres­i­dent Ni­co­las Sarkozy. “I should have in­sisted on the ref­er­en­dum in 2011. We would def­i­nitely have won. I should have in­sisted,” he told Para­poli­tika ra­dio sta­tion. Last week, Pa­pan­dreou and Fofi Gen­ni­mata, the leader of Demo­cratic Align­ment (the new name for PASOK), an­nounced that they were join­ing forces. The Move­ment of Demo­cratic So­cial­ists (KIDISO), launched by Pa­pan­dreou two years ago, will es­sen­tially merge with PASOK, ac­cord­ing to the an­nounce­ment, which noted that the only way for Greece to emerge from a con­tin­u­ing crisis is for all the forces of “demo­cratic so­cial­ism” to work to­gether. Pre­vi­ous over­tures by Pa­pan­dreou to PASOK, the party founded by his fa­ther, had been un­suc­cess­ful.

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