The Cypriot left and the crisis
One step forward, two steps back
in The European left and the financial crisis
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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.

Editors: Michael Holmes and Knut Roder


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