May 30, 2012 / 12:21 PM / 5 years ago

European shares extend losses after Greek poll

LONDON, May 30 (Reuters) - European shares extended losses on Wednesday afternoon after a poll showed a Greek anti-austerity party gained the lead ahead of elections next month that may determine whether the debt-laden country stays in the euro.

Greece’s radical leftist SYRIZA party has taken the lead over the pro-bailout conservatives, a poll showed on Wednesday, sending shares in European banks back into the red after a short-lived rebound.

They weighed on the FTSEurofirst 300 index of top European shares, which was down 1 percent at 981.03 points.

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