The left-wing coalition Syriza has emerged as the clear winner of the elections in Greece but appears to have fallen short of an absolute majority. Party leader Alexis Tsipras has announced the end of the austerity policy in Greece, but indicated his readiness to negotiate with the country’s creditors. This is the end of austerity in Europe, some commentators write. Others predict that Tsipras will in fact excel at cutting costs.

Syriza win – hope for Greece and Europe?

Though the challenges they face are immense, Syriza have brought some much needed hope back to Greece – and even to the European Union.

Syriza press HQ during the election. Flickr/Marcos. Some rights reserved.

In his victory speech to jubilant crowds in central Athens on Sunday evening, Syriza’s leader Alexis Tsipras called for the sun of ‘justice, democracy and dignity’ to come back to Greece.

 

A Political Suicide and the Return of the Greek Left

The results of yesterday’s Greek elections, which the radical left coalition, SYRIZA, won in an historic landslide, reminded me of a humble pharmacist named Dimitris Christoulas. What follows is an excerpt from an essay I wrote in his honor back in 2012.

I hope his spirit rests a little better today.

 

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Greece’s Syriza party gained the key backing needed to form a government Monday, creating a surprise alliance with a small right-wing party that signals possible confrontation over the country’s bailout.

 

VIDEO: Tsipras: ‘Today Greece wrote history’

Speaking in Greek in front of cheering crowds Syriza leader Alexis Tsipras said that the people of Greece had “written history”.

Reactions to Syriza’s rise to power were either muted, or ranged from delight to panic, as European leaders prepared a coordinated answer to the triumph of Alexis Tsipras.

 

VIDEO: Greeks divided over Syriza win

Anti-austerity party Syriza wins Greece’s election on a promise to renegotiate the country’s massive bailout.
VIDEO: ‘Time to stop surviving and start living’

Syriza, the anti-austerity party who won Greece’s election, say the country can “stop just surviving and start living”.
Jail fails to deter Greek far right

Why did Greece’s Golden Dawn come third with leaders in jail?
Syriza joy after Greek poll victory

Syriza triumph triggers Greek hopes and concerns
What ‘austerity’ has done to Greek healthcare

The shocking ‘austerity’-imposed destruction of Greece’s once proud healthcare system is a key reason Greeks have turned to Syriza, finds London GP Louise Irvine in an eye witness account.

Greece’s anti-bailout Syriza party wins election

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ATHENS, Greece — The anti-bailout Syriza party won a clear victory in austerity-weary Greece’s national election on Sunday, according to projections by state-run TV’s exit poll.

 

After Syriza’s landslide: five predictions of a much similar future

In the end though, this will all probably lead mainly to more fragmentation, which will make fundamental change even more unlikely.

 

France: To be or not to be ‘Charlie’?

French society is now contemplating the meaning of free expression post-Paris attacks.
Attacks in Ukraine by Russia-Backed Separatists

Secretary of State John Kerry joined his European counterparts in condemning today’s attacks in Ukraine by Russian-backed separatists.  Secretary Kerry said:

Why war has exploded again in Ukraine

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DONETSK, Ukraine — The relative quiet of December in eastern Ukraine has been erased by an explosion of deadly violence in past weeks, marking a serious escalation in the nine-month-long war between Ukrainian forces and Russian-backed separatists and dashing hopes for a peaceful resolution.

 

France’s Le Pen family split over controversial anti-Muslim video

With ten months to go before the COP 21, Paris is doing all it can to provide the ideal conditions for a global agreement. Europe hopes to play a facilitating role in the international negotiations, which will focus on the needs and attainable contributions of individual countries. EurActiv France reports.

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