News Summary: Greek coalition in last-ditch bid

1 year on, Greek PM faces toughest challenge yet over state TV closure, amid risk of elections

Associated Press

HOLDING IT TOGETHER: Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras is making a last-ditch bid to quell a revolt by key allies over his decision to close the country's state TV and radio broadcaster, axing nearly 2,700 jobs to meet austerity targets.

THE UPSHOT: If talks launched late Monday with his two center-left minority partners fail, the country could be forced into its fourth election in less than four years. New reform delays could compromise Greece's vital bailout program, while the vote would probably produce a hung parliament — with a quasi-neo-Nazi party polling third.

STILL SHOWING: Hellenic Broadcasting Corp., or ERT, employees have continued unauthorized live programming since the June 11 closure.

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