Greece’s charismatic left-wing leader Alexis Tsipras emerged victorious in Greece’s general election Sunday (20 September), winning his second mandate as premier, despite a controversial austerity deal struck with European leaders.
Press comments on the Continent openly betray editorial lines – impartiality on the new Labour leader has proved nigh on impossible.
Tsipras and his party may win on the ticket of softening austerity. But their highest playing card is the fear that Syriza’s defeat will restore the old regime.
The Corbynite portrayal of Thatcher’s ‘Fundi’ rise to power is inexact.
Martin Schulz is exploring ways to include the European Parliament in assessing the Greek bailout, a source close to the president told EurActiv Greece.
Hungary has shut its border to Serbia completely. So the refugees head towards Croatia instead (and Croatia then closes its border), and if the refugees do succeed they may need to cross minefields. Then fears are raised in Slovenia that the refugees might well head there – its PM Miro Cerar says the country will not enable a transit route. I’d think it is then only a matter of time before a route is found to the east of the border fence through Romania and into Hungary.
Unlike the former colonial powers, Central European states have little experience of co-existing with people of different cultures. But in refusing to help, they undermine the solidarity that other nations have shown towards them, write politicians, artists and intellectuals from Central Europe.
Ex-prime minister Alexis Tsipras’s left-wing Syriza party and the conservative New Democracy led by Evangelis Meimarakis are neck and neck in the polls in the run-up to the Greek elections on Sunday. Economic plight is written on the wall no matter who wins, some commentators write. Others fear that the neo-Nazi Golden Dawn party will dominate the opposition.
Tsipras consolidates power in Greek election
After Hungary shut down its border with Serbia on Tuesday, frustrations have erupted into clashes between Hungarian police and those trying to cross the border.