Europe

Greek parliamentary election: Your views

On Sunday Greece will hold its second parliamentary election in just over a month. The stakes are high for the eurozone, as the anti-austerity, left-wing bloc Syriza is expected to do well. There are fears about a possible Greek exit from the euro.

Here BBC News website readers in Greece tell us what they hope Sunday's elections will achieve.

Paravoliasis Panagiotis, 30, Piraeus

Greece shouldn't leave the eurozone. Leaving the eurozone will isolate the Greek economy from the rest of Europe and give us fiscal and political problems.

Greece needs more investment in tourism and agriculture. Our country has many assets. We need help to make economic growth a reality.

No-one can predict what will happen if Greece leaves the euro.

If we go back to the drachma, we'll have trouble buying everyday items.

I'll be voting for a party on the left. I haven't decided which party I'll vote for yet. Either I'll go for the Democratic Left or the Coalition of the Radical Left. Both parties want to stay in the eurozone.

They are also parties with an agenda for the people. The poorest in society can't handle any more taxes and austerity is having a devastating effect on Greece.

No-one in Greece can be certain that the winning parties will reach an agreement. It will be difficult for a new party to find common ground and work with an old party in coalition.

We need a government that will ensure that the less fortunate don't end up in poverty.

The last few years I have cut down many expenses. I use my bike instead of the car, I don't buy new clothes and I stay with my family on vacation instead of going to a hotel.

I've also moved back with my parents so I can save some money. It was tough but family is what keeps our society together, particularly in times of crisis.

George Karpouzas, 37, Athens

The big contest this weekend will be between Syriza of the left and New Democracy of the right. The prospect of a leftist party being voted into government has got a lot of respectable citizens very animated.

They are concerned that the traditional order in Greece will be overthrown and that their money in banks will be reduced.

I don't know if this election will solve Greece's problems. The feeling from the average Greek person is that we're worse off now than we have been in the past.

I'm not sure who I'll vote for. What I will say is that I'm certain we must stay in the eurozone. Greece needs the eurozone. We are not strong enough to steer a course by ourselves.

Each party's policies on the EU will be a big factor in deciding how I vote.

Other things which will influence my vote are the way my friends and loved ones vote. I think I'll either go for New Democracy or the Democratic Left.

We have all been affected by the economic downturn. My father's pension has been significantly reduced and is gradually shrinking.

The company I work for has also been hit. We used to get grants for European projects. Now it's a lot harder to qualify for that money.

I don't see an alternative outside of the eurozone. I'm from a generation that is very accustomed to the European Union.

Growing up I was expected to become a young European as well as a young Greek. To take it away now would be to take away part of our identity, like the UK without the monarchy.

Markella Tsakou, 60, Chios Island

I'm going to vote for the ecologist greens on Sunday. It's not fair for them not to be in government, there has been a lot of damage done to the environment in the past few years.

I don't trust any of the main political parties so this is the mildest way to protest against them.

I want to stay in the eurozone. Going back to the drachma could be disastrous, it will place a huge burden on our family budget if we have to pay tax on imported petrol, oil and medicine.

Since the beginning of 2011 the Greek people have stopped spending on themselves. There's no extra money and that is why businesses are closing.

My husband and I have both had serious cuts in pay. I've lost 500 euros a month and my husband has lost 800. But banks have not lowered interest rates on our loans.

I also have two unemployed children who currently have little prospect of finding work.

Staying in the eurozone is causing despair but if we leave, things will be worse.

The problem with Greek finances is that we've been overspending for the past couple of decades.

I'm optimistic that the European Union does not want us out. We owe them a lot of money which I'm sure they will want back.

I don't think any party will win a majority. A coalition is the only solution. But will they be able to agree terms? If not then we're responsible for what comes our way.