Greece's fragile balance could be overturned, experts say

Greece's fragile balance could be overturned, experts say
People wait outside a Greek Manpower Employment Organisation (OAED) office at Kalithea suburb in Athens.

ATHENS - Greece is not out of the woods yet and the fragile balance created as the coalition government tries to implement reforms to tackle the economic crisis could easily be overturned, experts say.

"When we are dealing with such a crisis, which is the most serious crisis Greece has experienced since WWII, any sort of accident... could prove fatal for society and institutions," former minister of the interior Prokopis Pavlopoulos told AFP.

Currently a lawmaker in Prime Minister Antonis Samaras's conservative New Democracy party, Pavlopoulos was interior minister during the riots that shook Athens in December 2008, sparked by the death of a 15-year-old student killed by police.

"Political and social conditions remain very fragile," Pavlopoulos said.

This week, thousands of state workers are on strike protesting an overhaul of the public sector, part of the austerity programme imposed by Greece's so-called troika of EU, International Monetary Fund and European Central Bank creditors.

Public sector unions have called demonstrations around the country on Wednesday.

Hard hit by the economic crisis, Greece is experiencing a sixth year of continuous recession and has a staggering 27-per cent unemployment rate.

Meanwhile, Greece's conservative-socialist coalition government is "squeezed" between radical leftists Syriza and neo-Nazists Golden Dawn, says a lawmaker of socialist party Pasok who chose to remain anonymous.

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