Historic victory for SYRIZA in EU vote unlikely to dislodge Greek coalition

PoliticsGreek Politics Tags: Parliament, SYRIZA
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SYRIZA secured a clear and historic win in Sunday’s European Parliament elections in Greece but its failure to improve on its share of the vote from the 2012 general elections and a slightly better than expected showing from the PASOK-led Elia (Olive Tree) alliance means that the victory is unlikely to be enough to force an immediate national vote.

The opposition party’s win was the first for the Greek left on a national level and meant that SYRIZA increased its share of the vote from the previous European ballot by more than 20 percentage points. However, it is the leftists’ failure to improve on...

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