Alexis Tsipras’s Syriza party defeated Prime Minister Antonis Samaras’s New Democracy to place first in Greek elections, exit polls showed, after a backlash against years of budget cuts demanded by international creditors.
EVER since the euro crisis erupted in late 2009 Greece has been at or near its heart. It was the first country to receive a bail-out, in May 2010. It was the subject of repeated debate over a possible departure from the single currency (the so-called Grexit) in 2011 and again in 2012.
Greek elections are set for June 17th following the impasse of the last election where no majority government formed.
The "Destroy Greece to Save the Euro" clowns led by German Chancellor Angela Merkel are out in force hoping to turn the vote into a direct referendum on the Euro. The election is of course a direct referendum on the Euro, but Greek citizens are under three Fantasyland ideas.
Three Fantasyland Ideas
It has been a busy few days for Germany. In the space of a week, they have warned Greece "there will be no blackmail," adding that a Greek exit from the euro was "manageable," only to hours later deny (clarify) these comments.
ATHENS — Alexis Tsipras said on Monday he would revive Greece’s banks and its crippled economy, while demanding debt relief from creditors in his “first big battle” following an unexpectedly clear election victory that returned him to office as prime minister.
Preparing to be sworn in for a second term, he set those priorities at the top of a dauntingly long “to do” list that also includes implementing austerity polices and dealing with waves of migrants landing on Greek shores.
Athens (AFP) - Anti-austerity party Syriza won a historic victory in Greece's election Sunday, partial results showed, setting up a confrontation with the EU over its plans to renegotiate the country's massive bailout.
Athens (AFP) - Greece stood Saturday on the brink of a make-or-break general election which could sweep the anti-austerity Syriza party to power and set the country on a collision course with its international creditors.