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From the Editor's Desk
A view on the June 17 Greek election
No party won outright majority at the June 17 Greek election. Three of the seven parties elected in Parliament, the conservative New Democracy (ND), PASOK and Democratic Left formed a coalition Government headed by the leader of ND Antonis Samaras as Prime Minister.
Due to the deep economic crisis, one of the new realities in Greek politics, is the fact that the political parties, even the ones with most votes, are reluctant to go into government because they know the situation is not going to improve anytime soon. Most parties prefer the safer role of the opposition.
Greece has had four elections in the last five years and two in the last two months. Parties like ND and PASOK have been decimated to the point where they can't form government even if they pool their seats in parliament together.
As the EU continues to pressure the Greek Government to adopt more austerity measures, things in Greece will almost certainly get tougher. It is likely that this government is not going to last very long either and more snap elections in the coming months and years are a possibility.
Another aspect of the Greek crisis, is the rise, in recent months, of a new neo-Nazi party, the Golden Dawn, which is now represented with 7% of the vote and 17 seats in parliament - which, ironically, it wants to abolish. Their philosophy is based around migration. They claim that the migrants are the cause of the problem and they want to deport them all. In recent times, there have been frequent violent attacks against anyone with an Asian or African appearance.
The European Union needs to get its act together and support countries like Greece to get out of the crisis by creating new job opportunities and strengthening the social welfare system instead of dismantling it. Their current push to further cut wages, public health, education etc will bring more poverty, more instability in European societies and possibly chaos in the future.
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