Golden Dawn fallout forces Samaras into balancing act between country and party

PoliticsGreek Politics Tags: Parliament

Prime Minister Antonis Samaras was probably expecting the latest troika review of Greece’s adjustment program to be his biggest worry at this time of year. Instead, the murder of an anti-fascist rapper by a Golden Dawn member means that his immediate concern is to confront the rise of the far right.

To some extent, this is a problem of his own party’s making as its strong anti-immigration line and its frequent and vitriolic verbal battles with leftist SYRIZA have contributed to the creation of a polarised atmosphere in which Golden Dawn’s extremism...

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