The Greek left and the crisis

The demise of PASOK and the rise of SYRIZA

in The European left and the financial crisis
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This chapter examines the Greek left through the deep financial crisis from 2008. The crisis in Greece was one of the deepest in the EU and led to arguably the strongest political earthquake in Greek history. The outcome of this political, economic and social crisis brought a radical left party, SYRIZA, from the margins of the political system to government, while consigning the social democrats of PASOK to a catastrophic defeat. The chapter begins with a brief historical overview of the Greek left, before focusing on the eventful period of 2009–2015, during which the Greek political system underwent a series of radical transformations. The historical overview is followed by an analysis of SYRIZA’s responses to the crisis, both from a programmatic and electoral point of view, as well as its stance towards European integration. Finally, the chapter discusses the relationship between the parties of the left in the Greek political system.

Editors: Michael Holmes and Knut Roder

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