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The defeat of left-wing populism and the dangers for democracy in Greece

De Cleen, Benjamin (2015) The defeat of left-wing populism and the dangers for democracy in Greece. Euro Crisis in the Press (15 Jul 2015). Website.

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The negotiations between the Greek government and its creditors have dominated European politics in these last months to such an extent that politicians and press alike seem to have largely forgotten about the populist radical right, and certainly the Greek Golden Dawn. All eyes were focused on the unequal struggle between Greece’s creditors and the left-wing populists of Syriza (Syriza’s right-wing, conservative and nationalist coalition partner ANEL, i.e. Independent Greeks, received very little attention). Resistance to neoliberal economic policy has been beaten for now, or so it seems, even with Syriza still in power as I write this. This crisis can go in many directions. But what is clear is that the defeat of the democratic, inclusive and pro-European left-wing populist Syriza and the imposition of even harsher austerity measures on a country suffering a profound economic crisis might strengthen the radical right and perhaps also other forces that constitute a danger to democracy and stability in Greece.

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Additional Information: © 2015 The Author(s)
Divisions: LSE
Subjects: D History General and Old World > DF Greece
J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe)
Date Deposited: 19 May 2017 13:26
Last Modified: 16 May 2024 08:09

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