Government spokesman Ilias Mossialos on Monday said that New Democracy's demand for early elections was "exceptionally irresponsible" and accused the main opposition party of "seeking to exploit people's anxiety about what will happen in order to complete the work of the Karamanlis government, in other words destruction".
"In other countries, with smaller deficits than 15.4 percent that ND left in its wake, the parties reached consensus," Mossialos added, criticising ND's stubborn refusal to respond to the government's overtures for a consensus on key economic policy issues.
Noting that the government's only concern was to secure the country's future, he stressed that ND's stance was "clearly undermining".
Asked about the results of weekend opinion polls showing a pronounced lead for the main opposition party, Mossialos replied that governing on the basis of opinion polls and failing to do what was needful "does not best serve the nation's interests".