Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has called an early vote. He was likely to lose to the pro-business New Democracy party even if he had held out for a few more months. An early ballot is better for the economy given his Syriza party’s attempts to woo voters with giveaways.
Athens wants to issue bonds just after receiving another bailout tranche. If Greece had to finance itself at market rates it would struggle to stay solvent. But debt relief from European governments and ECB bond-buying will reduce the risk. Investors may find the wager appealing. Full view will be published shortly.