The leader of the liberal New Democracy Antonis Samaras has started a series of meetings with leaders of political parties of European orientation elected in the new Greek parliament to form a coalition government. He briefly visited President Carlos Papoulias as part of the protocol and now, he is about to meet with the leaders of SYRIZA at 4 pm, PASOK at 5 pm and Fotis Kouvelis at 6.30 pm. The leader of "Independent Greeks" Panos Kamenos refused to support Samaras and he will not meet him. The general secretary of the Greek communist party KKE Aleka Papariga will not meet with Samaras either, but not because she refused to participate in a dialogue, but because she had not been invited. The KKE election platform included Greece’s exit from the European Union, the euro area and NATO, which nullifies the attempts of reaching consensus with them.
Some minutes before Samaras visit in the presidency the visit of the Prime Minister of the provisional government of Greece Lucas Papademos had ended. He stated that it was essential to ensure the stability of the country and to finish the job with the recovery programme of the Memorandum of financial assistance. Papademos stressed that the efforts the nation has made to date may otherwise remain unjustified. As outgoing Prime Minister, Papademos had a final meeting with the President of the Republic Carlos Papoulias.