World leaders ponder euro options
Leaders will meet in Mexico for the G20 summit of leading nations where the ramifications of the result are expected to be top of the agenda.
In a joint statement from Mexico, European Commission president Jose Manuel Barroso and European Council president Herman Van Rompuy welcomed the result and said the EU would now stand by Greece as eurozone and EU members. They insisted the current bailout deal for Greece - 130bn euro with strict national austerity conditions attached - remained the right way to restore the country's growth and prosperity.
Speaking during a visit to a community centre in Birmingham, Labour leader Ed Miliband said: "I think there is a real danger that after the Greek election results there is a sense of complacency - there is a sense that the international community can breathe a sigh of relief. The last thing we need is complacency and the last thing we need is an offer of more of the same. More of the same austerity is not going to work."
He added: "I am afraid what we hear from our Prime Minister today is simply more of the same. If I was the prime minister, I would be going to the G20 meeting of world leaders and saying there has got to be a decisive change of course towards jobs and growth."
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