Frustrated investors say decision will mean more uncertainty about global growth
The former PM’s Syriza party is only just ahead of his conservative rivals in the snap poll but the outcome is unlikely to change the country’s fortunes
Greeks have begun voting in an election whose outcome analysts say is too close to call and whose consequences will, for most people, be largely the same no matter who wins.
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Polls suggest the embattled Syriza leader might just squeak home in Sunday’s snap election. But whatever the outcome, exhausted Greeks fear fresh turmoil ahead
At times Alexis Tsipras has the looks of a movie star, his clean-cut features belying a quiet charisma. From the posters pasted on the lamp-posts of boulevards and facades of buildings, it is his face that greets onlookers ahead of today’s crucial general election. “Tomorrow has an identity,” the posters say.
At 41, Tsipras is the Syriza party’s trump card. The hope is that even at this late stage – with polls showing the race to be so close the outcome is impossible to predict – the man adoringly referred to as Alexis will be the force that brings voters in. The ballot, the third this year, has drawn little publicity and even less enthusiasm, but it is poised to play a decisive role in a country whose battle against bankruptcy has assumed epic dimensions in recent years.
German carmaker Volkswagen has been ordered by US regulators to recall half a million cars because of a device that disguises pollution levels, and the company won’t be able to park the issue easily, says the BBC’s Joe Lynam.
One problem is central bankers appear to lack a clear strategy for policy, writes Andrew Sentance
Winner must first form a stable coalition. Or the country could be stuck in hell, writes Hugo Dixon
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Stock markets and investors may consider the Federal Reserve’s decision bad news, but it’s also a sign that they feel pressure on behalf of ordinary workers
It took them a day to absorb the news but by Friday investors across the world had decided that the Federal Reserve’s decision not to increase interest rates was bad news. Stock markets dropped as investors absorbed the Fed’s cautious tone about the world economy. But while Wall Street may not be happy, this weekend most workers should be breathing a sigh of relief.
For weeks we have been hearing from trigger happy economists and policy types, including some at the Federal Reserve, arguing that the Fed should start raising rates for the first time since the recession. Fortunately, for now at least it seems Fed chair Janet Yellen has chosen not to join this chorus. For at least another six weeks, the Fed will leave its zero interest rate policy in place.
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