Greece’s Syriza, rivals neck-and-neck in poll run up: surveys

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ATHENS: Elections in Greece next weekend will be a cliffhanger with the radical leftists of ex-premier Alexis Tsipras having a razor-thin lead over New Democracy conservatives, new poll surveys showed Sunday. Greeks go to the ballot for the fifth time in six years next Sunday as Tsipras seeks a fresh mandate to push through huge reform commitments made under the new 86-billion-euro ($96-billion) bailout. Tsipras on Sunday New Democracy being “with the Europe of Schauble,” referring to the German finance minister Wolfgang Schaeuble who has been seen by critics as a technocrat who strong-armed a nation and heaped more economic woes on its citizens. Greece must in October adopt a batch of additional reforms tied to its multi-billion EU bailout that was ratified by the parliament in August.

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