Greece's wait goes on. One proposal under discussion is that of the president to form a government of technocrats, made up of what are described as "distinguished and non-political figures".
That has received a mixed reaction from some parties, aware that many Greeks resent the country's outgoing prime minister for being an appointed technocrat rather than an elected leader. But the politicians appear too divided to serve together in a coalition - split over whether to adhere to or reject Greece's bailout agreement and further cost-cutting.
If these last-ditch talks fail, Greece will face fresh elections, prolonged political instability and possibly a slide towards an exit from the euro. Greece's president appears determined to try everything he can to avoid it.