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Ending Greece’s Nightmare

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By Paul Krugman

Alexis Tsipras, leader of the left-wing Syriza coalition, is about to become prime minister of Greece. He will be the first European leader elected on an explicit promise to challenge the austerity policies that have prevailed since 2010. And there will, of course, be many people warning him to abandon that promise, to behave “responsibly.”

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The Surprise Isn’t That an Extreme Party Won in Greece. It’s That It Took This Long

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By Neil Irwin, New York Times

When I was last in Greece, for a reporting trip in May 2012, Syriza, a political party whose name is an acronym for “coalition of the radical left,” had recorded shockingly strong results in a recent election. The centrist, mainstream sources I was meeting with — such as bankers and ex-politicians — were nervous about what Syriza supporters, whom they viewed as wackos, meant for their country.

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Greece turns, Europe wobbles

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Across Europe, Syriza's victory was welcomed (and deplored) as a blow to austerity

The Economist

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Sunday's Election: For Greeks Only!

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By Justine Fragouli-Argyris

One of the longest unfulfilled dreams of Greek immigrants who left the country beginning in the early 20th century seeking a better life elsewhere in the world (to the USA, Europe, Canada, Australia, Africa and South America) was, and remains, to secure their right to a postal vote. 

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Syriza win in Greece won't be a disaster for EU

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By Nicholas Economides, professor at NYU Stern, CNBC

As we approach Sunday's Greek election, the extreme left party Syriza is leading in the polls, causing many in Europe and the United States to fear the worst when it comes to Greece's future economic stability and its status in the European Union.