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The pendulum swings to the right in Greece

Three things stand out in Greece’s two consecutive parliamentary elections held with little tension and high abstention: a personal triumph for Kyriakos Mitsotakis, leader of the centre-right party New Democracy (ND), the implosion of the radical left party of SYRIZA, and the rise of the far right – albeit a fragmented one. The result will […]

Greece turns towards a predominant party system

The Greek election result of 25 June confirmed the trend first made visible in the earlier contest last May. Kyriakos Mitsotakis and his centre-right New Democracy (ND) Party has obtained a clear mandate and comfortable parliamentary majority to implement his policy programme. Over the last four years, Mitsotakis dominated Greek politics by combining a business-friendly […]

The 21 May Greek election: entirely unexpected and extremely consequential

Still reeling from the long-term effects of more than a decade of economic turmoil, most Greeks headed to the polls on 21 May expecting that this election would be far less fateful when compared to previous turbulent cycles during the crisis years, in which a feeling of relentless existential angst engulfed the Greek political system […]

Conservative landslide: markets dancing to the tune, soul-searching for the Left

The Greek parliamentary elections of 21 May have resulted in a resounding win for the conservative Nea Dimokratia, led by Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis. The elections have been a strategic defeat for the Left, which calls for a fundamental rethink of progressive politics in the country. In a widely reported episode of the Greek economic […]