Category Archives: Greek Elections

Mar 9 2017

Beyond Crisis: Constitutional Change in Greece after the Memoranda

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By Anna Tsiftsoglou, NBG Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Hellenic Observatory Can financial crises bring constitutional change? Has Greece become a prominent such example? Already 7 years into recession, crisis-hit Greece is experiencing a tremendous institutional change. This change, which takes place … Continue reading

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Dec 7 2015

The aftermath of the Greek Elections: Who voted for who?

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By Vasileios Bougioukos and Bernard Casey Lots did not vote at all Of course, the main story, apart from the fact that Syriza won, was that more people than ever before didn’t vote at all. Abstention reached a record level of … Continue reading

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Nov 24 2015

The Left in government again: Principled politicians and pragmatic policies – A lesson on how to square the circle

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By Dimitris Sourvanos (LSE) and Kyriaki Nanou (University of Nottingham) Last week Euclid Tsakalotos gave a talk at the LSE discussing from his own experiences – as (the current) finance minister in Greece and as a lifelong Marxist – the … Continue reading

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Mar 27 2015

Greek political culture has changed beyond recognition since the crisis began

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Support for individual political parties has changed substantially since the start of the crisis in Greece, with Syriza emerging as the largest party in the 2015 elections, while other parties, such as Pasok, have lost most of their support. But … Continue reading

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Feb 26 2015

How can the radical left and far-right work together in Greece?

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By Eleni Xiarchogiannopoulou The victory of the radically left Syriza in the Greek election is a historical moment for the country. It is the first time since the modern Greek state was founded in 1832 that a left-wing party will … Continue reading

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Feb 19 2015

Syriza’s choice: the coalition government in Greece from a different perspective

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By Rosa Vasilaki Three weeks in office the coalition government in Greece appears to be dominating the headlines across Europe. No other government was asked to prove itself so early – practically from day one – and no other government … Continue reading

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Feb 19 2015

Greece’s U-turn in negotiations signifies a new era in Syriza’s internal politics

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By Eleni Xiarchogiannopoulou Ever since Syriza came in power the interplay between the intergovernmentalist and supranationalist dimensions of EU politics is present. For the European Commission the rise of Syriza represented an opportunity to regain the political influence it had lost … Continue reading

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Feb 16 2015

How the Eurozone crisis changed Syriza and how the party can change the Eurozone crisis

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By George Kyris For years, conventional wisdom has said that the role of the EU in national elections is rather insignificant. Even European Parliament elections are often regarded as ‘second order’, where voters use the ballot box in order to … Continue reading

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Feb 4 2015

The benign somersault

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by Vassilis Monastiriotis In the few days since the formation of the new government in Greece, a lot of water has flown under the political bridge of the Greek-Eurozone relations. Much has happened, however, also in relation to the policy … Continue reading

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Feb 3 2015

SYRIZA is not just for ‘Christmas’…

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By Kevin Featherstone It is too easy to see SYRIZA’s election victory in Greece as a victory for the European Left against the crippling policies of austerity being imposed on the ‘bail-out’ countries of the euro-zone. Only manic followers of … Continue reading

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