Far-right video leak halts Greek government’s poll boost

Muslim refugees pray outside in November 2011 at Athens University

(Reuters) – A scandal in Greece over the prosecution of far-right politicians has helped the leftist opposition halt a rise in support for the government, a poll showed on Friday, despite a week of positive economic data.

Takis Baltakos, a top aide to the Greek prime minister, resigned on Wednesday after a leaked video showed him suggesting the government had tried to press judges to jail lawmakers from the far-right Golden Dawn party.

The video has embarrassed Prime Minister Antonis Samaras, who has just struck a deal with the country’s EU/IMF lenders, boosting hopes that Greece could be ready to issue bonds for the first time in four years.

Samaras’s ruling coalition has a majority of just two seats in parliament after it passed a reform bill to obtain the latest tranche of bailout funds but expelled one lawmaker who opposed the legislation…

The Balatakos Video – h/t Martin