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Foreign Policy Against Austerity: Syriza’s Multifaceted Experiment

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Abstract

The election of Syriza to power on January 25, 2015 marked a turning point in Greek foreign policy and the country’s relations with its European partners. The 40-year-old new prime minister, Alexis Tsipras, quickly formed a coalition government with the much smaller right-wing Independent Greeks (ANEL) party. Syriza was the dominant partner—149 parliamentary seats compared to ANEL’s 13, out of 300—and almost certainly the most left-wing party in power anywhere in Europe. It was estimated that as many as a third of its members—but not voters—were “Maoists, Marxists and supporters of Che Guevara” (Economist January 29, 2015). Crucially, though, Syriza was staunchly pro-European.

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European Union Prime Minister Foreign Policy Foreign Minister Sovereign Debt Crisis 
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