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    Golden Dawn’s success in the European elections shows the party now has a stable support base among Greek voters

Golden Dawn’s success in the European elections shows the party now has a stable support base among Greek voters

Golden Dawn gained the third highest vote share in the European Parliament elections in Greece, translating into three MEPs. Sofia Vasilopoulou and Daphne Halikiopoulou assess the factors underpinning this success. They write that Golden Dawn’s ability to blend nationalism and populism into a coherent narrative is at the heart of their appeal, with the party now capable of attracting […]

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    The European Parliament elections in Greece will take place against a backdrop of increasing disillusionment with politics among Greek citizens

The European Parliament elections in Greece will take place against a backdrop of increasing disillusionment with politics among Greek citizens

The Greek party system experienced substantial change during the Eurozone crisis, with Pasok, the country’s main centre-left party, suffering a particularly damaging loss of support. Ahead of the European elections in Greece, Eri Bertsou previews the vote and assesses what the elections might mean for the Greek political landscape. She writes that with a fragmented party system and increasing […]

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    The lack of monetary sovereignty is not the reason Eurozone countries struggled during the crisis

The lack of monetary sovereignty is not the reason Eurozone countries struggled during the crisis

One of the most widespread arguments about the Eurozone crisis is that countries such as Greece, Spain and Italy have been hamstrung by their lack of monetary sovereignty and the ability to devalue their own currency. Deborah Mabbett and Waltraud Schelkle assess this perspective by comparing the experiences of Greece with Hungary, which does not use the euro, and […]

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    Persistent unemployment poses a substantive threat to democracy in Southern European countries

Persistent unemployment poses a substantive threat to democracy in Southern European countries

The purpose of competitive elections is to reward good politicians and punish bad ones, but what happens if elections can no longer fulfil this role? Diego Muro and Guillem Vidal write that developments in Southern European countries since the start of the financial crisis have undermined the legitimising role of elections. Suffering from persistent unemployment rates, citizens’ frustration has […]

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The primary response by Greek parties to the crisis has been to divert political accountability through populist blame-shifting

Greece has been hit harder by the financial crisis than any other EU member state, with the economic fallout threatening to undermine the country’s democratic system. Based on an analysis of political speeches, Sofia Vasilopoulou, Daphne Halikiopoulou and Theofanis Exadaktylos assess the response to the crisis by the five parliamentary parties in Greece between 2009 and 2011. They find that […]

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The rise of extremism in Greece is a function of the political and economic crisis, as political leaders continue to fail the country

The recent impact of far-right political parties in Greece is often attributed to broad-based internal cultural and social attitudes rooted in intolerance and populism. With this perception in mind, Vassilis Paipais writes that Greece’s current predicament is better understood as a result of a leadership deficit in addressing the deep economic crisis which the country is facing and the stresses […]

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