Greek PM Papandreou battles to form new government amid economic crisis
Calm returns after Athens rioting – but most Greeks fear cabinet reshuffle will fail to stem worst crisis in modern times
Helena Smith in Athens
guardian.co.uk, Thursday 16 June 2011 20.11 BST
George Papandreou was scrambling to form a new government on Thursday in a last-ditch attempt to convince Greece, and its creditors, that he is capable of handling the country's worst crisis in modern times.
As the prime minister appealed to members of the governing Socialist party to back austerity measures seen as the only way of staving off Greece's economic collapse, opponents of the cuts, which would skim €28bn (£25bn) from the budget by 2015, remained defiant.