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    Assessing Syriza’s first month in office: why Greece remains a long way from a break with austerity

Assessing Syriza’s first month in office: why Greece remains a long way from a break with austerity

The new Greek government, led by the Coalition of the Radical Left (Syriza), won power on 25 January. Theofanis Exadaktylos assesses the government’s first month in office. He notes that while Syriza won the election with a commitment to renegotiate the country’s bailout agreement, the subsequent negotiations have proven even more challenging than might have been expected, not least […]

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    Mapping the Greek party system after the 2015 elections: how the economy and Europe have merged into a single issue

Mapping the Greek party system after the 2015 elections: how the economy and Europe have merged into a single issue

The Greek government is still attempting to negotiate a long-term solution to the country’s debt problem, but what are the lasting implications of the 2015 Greek parliamentary elections for politics in Greece? Alexia Katsanidou and Simon Otjes present a new model for understanding the Greek party system. They argue that with the country’s economy becoming so closely linked to […]

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    The EU’s deal on Greece shows that Europe remains wedded to the politics of austerity

The EU’s deal on Greece shows that Europe remains wedded to the politics of austerity

On 20 February, Greece agreed to a four month extension of its current bailout programme, subject to the approval of reform measures proposed by the Greek government. André Broome writes that while the election of the Syriza-led coalition in Greece was initially hailed as a game-changing event that could bring an end to austerity in Europe, the negotiations between […]

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    With Greek debt negotiations at a critical phase it is time for Germany to end its policy of ‘muddling through’

With Greek debt negotiations at a critical phase it is time for Germany to end its policy of ‘muddling through’

The Greek government is currently attempting to negotiate a deal with other Eurozone states over the country’s debt. Joshua Aizenman writes on the approach of Germany throughout the crisis. He argues that the German government’s perspective is best characterised as a form of ‘muddling through’, whereby stronger action to solve the Eurozone’s instability is only advocated when Germany’s domestic […]

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    The radicalisation of lower middle class Greek families was the key to Syriza’s victory

The radicalisation of lower middle class Greek families was the key to Syriza’s victory

A number of commentators have written on the extent to which Syriza managed to attract the backing of a wide section of Greek society in its election victory on 25 January. Vasilis Leontitsis writes that one of the key dynamics in the election was the support Syriza received from lower middle class families. He argues that while such families […]

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    Why Syriza might be up to the task of tackling corruption in Greece

Why Syriza might be up to the task of tackling corruption in Greece

Corruption is frequently cited as one of the key underlying factors behind the economic crisis in Greece. Emmanuel Melissaris assesses whether the new Syriza-led government, which came to power in the Greek elections on 25 January, has the potential to help solve the problem. He writes that while the failures of previous governments might lead some to be sceptical […]

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    The ECB’s decision to toughen its stance on Greece signals the end of the Greek government’s honeymoon period

The ECB’s decision to toughen its stance on Greece signals the end of the Greek government’s honeymoon period

The European Central Bank (ECB) has announced that it will no longer accept Greek government bonds as collateral for lending money to commercial banks. Vassilis Monastiriotis writes on how the decision should be interpreted in light of the current discussions surrounding Greek debt. He notes that while the immediate effect on the Greek economy is not particularly serious, the […]

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    Syriza’s victory in Greece could undermine the effectiveness of EU foreign policy

Syriza’s victory in Greece could undermine the effectiveness of EU foreign policy

Most EU foreign policy decisions require the agreement of all EU member states. Following the victory of Syriza in the Greek elections on 25 January, Kyriakos Moumoutzis assesses the impact the election result will have on both Greek foreign policy and the capacity of the EU to negotiate joint foreign policy positions. He notes that with the Syriza government […]

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    Syriza won with a radical left programme, but keeping the middle class on side may be key to retaining power

Syriza won with a radical left programme, but keeping the middle class on side may be key to retaining power

Syriza won power in the Greek elections on 25 January, however the new Greek government faces significant challenges both in terms of the country’s domestic situation and negotiations with its European partners. Daphne Halikiopoulou and Sofia Vasilopoulou write on the key policies that are likely to be pursued in the aftermath of the elections. They note that while much […]

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    Syriza’s victory underlines the transformation of Greek political culture during the crisis

Syriza’s victory underlines the transformation of Greek political culture during the crisis

On 25 January, Syriza, led by Alexis Tsipras, won the 2015 Greek parliamentary elections and formed a new coalition government with another anti-austerity party, the Independent Greeks. Gerasimos Karoulas writes on the changes within Greek political culture which have occurred in Greece during the country’s economic crisis and which were underlined by Syriza’s victory. He argues that there has […]

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    Syriza is now a mainstream party and there is little for Europe to fear in its electoral success

Syriza is now a mainstream party and there is little for Europe to fear in its electoral success

The Coalition of the Radical Left (Syriza) is currently leading the polls ahead of Greek parliamentary elections on 25 January. Theofanis Exadaktylos writes on the development of the party and what a Syriza victory might mean for the rest of Europe. He argues that Syriza has significantly moderated its position since the last Greek elections in 2012 and that […]

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    Syriza leads the polls in Greece, but it remains unclear who the party could enter coalition with after the election

Syriza leads the polls in Greece, but it remains unclear who the party could enter coalition with after the election

Greece will hold parliamentary elections on 25 January. Ahead of the vote, Stella Ladi writes on the state of play in the Greek party system. She notes that while the radical left party Syriza currently leads the polling, there is debate over who its most likely coalition partners would be should it fail to secure a majority, with potentially […]

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