The chapter examines the Cypriot left in the period since the outbreak of the
crisis, a period that found the major party of the Cypriot left, AKEL, in
government. A brief historical perspective is introduced in order to
contextualise the discussion and highlight the particularities of the left
bloc in Cyprus, which is dominated by a reformist communist party. It then
proceeds to scrutinise the Cypriot left’s responses to the crisis in terms
of government–opposition dynamics; the impact that these responses have had
on the left’s electoral fortunes and ability to mobilise; and the intra-bloc
relations, especially amid a scenery of advancing political de-alignment.
The chapter focuses on the Cypriot left during the economic crisis,
examining its constituent units in terms of their responses to the crisis,
their strategy and tactics in the party political arena and the impact the
crisis had on their electoral fortunes and ideological standing. The
analysis of the left bloc is unavoidably intertwined with broader
developments in the EU and the overall political system of Cyprus.