Magazine article New Internationalist

Alexis Tsipras

Magazine article New Internationalist

Alexis Tsipras

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Greece's new Prime Minister, from antiausterity party Syriza, will need all his considerable political skills and a good deal of luck too.

Tsipras' party holds a near-majority in the Greek parliament after voters in January acted with a refreshingly clearsighted understanding of their country's dire situation. They saw what, as Leonard Cohen put it, 'everybody knows': the massive Greek debt is unpayable and the austerity programme imposed on the country by the infamous Troika (IMF, European Commission and European Central Bank) is not only unfair to poor and middle-class Greeks but has not 'restarted' the economy in any meaningful sense.

Either the whole deal must be rethought, or Greece will be forced to default and leave the euro. Tsipras and Syriza do not want this (unlike those unseemly anti-Europeans the UK Independence Party and Greece's Golden Dawn). …

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