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Anti-Austerity Syriza Party Sweeps to Power in Greece

The anti-austerity Syriza Party has won the Greek election; Alexis Tsipras is Prime Minister of Greece. (At this time, he has already been signed in.)

While we may expect struggles within the European economy, it is a victory for The People everywhere. Sen. Bernie Sanders says, ‘The Syriza victory in the Greek elections tell us that people around the world will no longer accept austerity for working families while the rich continue to get much richer.’

The leftist, anti-austerity Syriza Party has swept to victory in Greece. Syriza won 149 seats in the 300-seat parliament, two short of an absolute majority. This marks the first time since the economic crisis in 2009 that a member of the 19-nation euro zone will be led by a party rejecting German-backed austerity. The head of Syriza, Alexis Tsipras, will become Greek’s new Prime Minister.

Alexis Tsipras: ‘Greece is turning a page, Greece is leaving behind catastrophic austerity, it is leaving behind the fear and the autocracy, it is leaving behind five years of humiliation and pain … Today there are no winners and losers, today Greece’s elite and Greece’s oligarchs were defeated … Our victory is also a victory for all the people of Europe who are fighting against austerity that is destroying our common European future.’

Dimitris Karamanis, Greek voter: ‘I think that Syriza is the only alternative at this time in Greece and of course Syriza’s proposals are the only alternatives in Europe concerning the issues about the debt, about the crisis and all that stuff. Of course I’m voting for Syriza because it is the only alternative for my generation.’

–Democracy Now!

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JoAnn Chateau

JoAnn Chateau likes progressive politics and loves the canines. She writes fiction about an alpha Bichon named Chester, and his friends--with a dash of humor and a dab of poli-sci. JoAnn worked professionally in the Psychology and Information Science fields. Retired now, she enjoys the creative life.

4 Comments

  1. Jerry "Peacemaker"

    One can imagine the great Greek philosopher and author of that timeless classic on democracy “The Republic” – Plato – is somewhere smiling.

  2. Samuel Guevara

    And Podemos in Spain will be the next, elections must be in November or before. 2015 will be the year of the change in Europe
    at last

    • JoAnn Chateau

      Thanks! I found info about the Podemos Party in Spain and posted an article link here.

      This is very exciting news. Now we see relief in sight for Spain. It’s a real movement!

      Peace, safe-keeping, and success with all your dreams and endeavors, Samuel.

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