Greek TV row spurs coalition defection

AFP-JIJI

Greece’s coalition government suffered a blow Friday after its smallest partner pulled out over the dramatic closure of state broadcaster ERT, shrinking the size of the ruling majority in parliament ahead of tough reform battles.

The opposition charged that the defection had weakened the government, but fears of early elections quickly dissipated after the coalition’s second-largest partner, the Socialists, pledged to continue to support the government.