EU File: Greece’s anti-NATO Radical Left Coalition (Syriza) grabs plurality in Jan. 25 snap parliamentary vote, forms shaky anti-austerity, pro-Moscow government with nationalist Independent Greeks (ANEL); Syriza leader, ex-communist PM Tsipras opposes sanctions against Russia, steers country toward collision with ECB, Germany over financial policy; Ukraine’s Euromaidan Press: Tsipras travelled to Moscow in May 2014 (i.e., after annexation of Crimea) to meet key Putin allies in Duma, Federation Council; ANEL chief Kammenos trekked to Moscow in early Jan. 2015, ANEL MP Avramidis head of “Greek-Russian Alliance,” conferred with Russian consul general in Thessaloniki on Jan. 23 (i.e., 2 days before election); Tsipras meets Russian ambassador day after victory, Maslov hands new Greek PM congratulatory letter from Putin; new Syriza FM heads for Brussels, rejects further anti-Russia measures, pro-NATO Kammenos secures post of DM; Syriza’s internal “Communist Tendency” denounces party’s cooperation with “bourgeois” ANEL, urges alliance with KKE; mainstream New Democracy, PASOK locked out of power first time since military junta ousted in 1974

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The [European] system is under pressure. Challenges to the system can come from the left or the right. Syriza is the first anti-systemic, radical left party to come to power in Europe. I doubt it will be the last.
— Dimitris Papadimitriou, Political Science Professor, University of Manchester

Viva Golitsyn!

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One response to “EU File: Greece’s anti-NATO Radical Left Coalition (Syriza) grabs plurality in Jan. 25 snap parliamentary vote, forms shaky anti-austerity, pro-Moscow government with nationalist Independent Greeks (ANEL); Syriza leader, ex-communist PM Tsipras opposes sanctions against Russia, steers country toward collision with ECB, Germany over financial policy; Ukraine’s Euromaidan Press: Tsipras travelled to Moscow in May 2014 (i.e., after annexation of Crimea) to meet key Putin allies in Duma, Federation Council; ANEL chief Kammenos trekked to Moscow in early Jan. 2015, ANEL MP Avramidis head of “Greek-Russian Alliance,” conferred with Russian consul general in Thessaloniki on Jan. 23 (i.e., 2 days before election); Tsipras meets Russian ambassador day after victory, Maslov hands new Greek PM congratulatory letter from Putin; new Syriza FM heads for Brussels, rejects further anti-Russia measures, pro-NATO Kammenos secures post of DM; Syriza’s internal “Communist Tendency” denounces party’s cooperation with “bourgeois” ANEL, urges alliance with KKE; mainstream New Democracy, PASOK locked out of power first time since military junta ousted in 1974

  1. Petros Petrakis January 28, 2015 at 7:39 am

    I will try to put your thoughts in the article in the sphere of rationale.
    Every sovereign state defines its Foreign affairs policy based on its interest primarily and its allies interests secondary. This rule applies for all states.

    Greece is a faithful ally in NATO a member state of EU-NATO
    What it had gained in reality?
    NATO:It is among membel states that have taken part in all expeditions of NATO and offers crucial support with th nautical base of Suda. Libya operations, Yugoslavia, Afganistan, Iraq, Syria it has participated in all actions that have been taken.

    Greece is threatened from Turkey that clearly violates the law of sea and international laws that are core integrated and constitutional part of the law arsenal of both EU-NATO

    NATO and EU have taken NO position in favor of the international law and Greece. Turkey threats with war and does not accept Greece’s right to exploit huge natural gas reserves that have been found south and south eastern of Crete. Reserves that not only will allow Greece to repay its debt but also be a barrier to Moscow’s monopolization in the field of energy.

    In the name of the former Yugoslav republ;ic of Macedonia.Greece’s position is clear. Name for erga omnes and all purposes. Fyrom cannot name its country with the name of a whole region that the biggest part of it belong t Greece. Plz see here http://www.mfa.gr/en/fyrom-name-issue/

    What then really Greece has gained from its close cooperation with EU and NATO in strategic level?Nothing.Its time to gain smth then, equal to the services we have provided…this would every sovereign nation do

    It will be a disaster to NATO and EU Greece to fall under Russia but this is where EU and NATO policies leading the situation

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