Here is a quick update of where the situation is at:
- On Sunday, the leader of left-wing Syriza, Alexis Tsipras, announced that New Democracy, Pasok and Democratic Left had reached an agreement to form an emergency cabinet due to last for two years - i.e. until the end of the second EU-IMF bailout programme;
- Democratic Left leader, Fotis Kouvelis (in the picture), denied Tsipras' claims as "defamatory lies". He made clear that no national unity government is possible without Syriza's participation;
- In a last-ditch attempt at striking a deal, Greek President Karolos Papoulias has convened the leaders of New Democracy, Pasok, Syriza and Democratic Left for this evening (at 7.30pm in Athens, 5.30pm in London);
- Tsipras has said he will not attend a meeting with "selected" political leaders. Instead, he challenged President Papoulias to hold talks with the leaders of all parties that won seats in the Greek parliament - with the exception of Neo-Nazis Golden Dawn party;
- Syriza leader Alexis Tsipras' recalcitrant stance has not gone down well with Democratic Left leader Fotis Kouvelis. He just told Greek Real FM radio that he has no intention of cooperating with Syriza, even after new elections.
The situation remains very uncertain, but the general feeling is that tonight's round of talks with President Papoulias could really be the last chance to avoid new elections. Essentially, for this to happen, Kouvelis has to U-turn on his electoral promises and accept to enter a coalition with New Democracy and Pasok. However, the latest developments seem to suggest that new elections could, at this stage, be inevitable.