Greece elects neo-Nazis amid new fears for euro and Europe

May 7, 2012

After Hollande's victory in France, radical Greeks give a resounding no to austerity

VOTERS in Greece have emphatically rejected austerity, throwing the country's future into uncertainty, and threatening to plunge Europe back into economic chaos.

On the weekend that France elected an anti-austerity president in Francois Hollande, the Greeks delivered an even more powerful message. The two main parties, which support the harsh budget cuts imposed by the EU, polled less than a third of the vote, a radical left-wing coalition group, Syriza, came second overall and the neo-Nazi Golden Dawn won 21 seats.

The result in Greece has led to jitters in the markets, where the euro fell sharply on Monday, and has increased the pressure on Hollande to get off on the right foot with German Chancellor with Angela Merkel, who has lost her main ally in Europe in Nicolas Sarkozy.

Commentators are agreed that it will now be almost impossible for a Greek government to support the austerity measures.

"Weeks of uncertainty are likely to follow as numerous parties vie to cobble a majority coalition, with a fresh election within two months a distinct possibility," reports The Daily Telegraph.

Mark Lowen of the BBC says: "This country is now placed into a period of intense political instability - and by extension the eurozone as a whole... The success of the new-right Golden Dawn party indicates how comprehensive a rejection of the political mainstream, the bailout and austerity there has been."

The Times reports that the neo-Nazi group saw its support rocket from 0.23 per cent in the 2009 general election to seven per cent. The paper says its policies include putting landmines along Greece's borders to deter immigrants.

"Musclebound supporters forced journalists attending [leader Nikolaos Michaloliakos'] post-election press conference to stand as a mark of respect for their leader - prompting at least one to walk out," it adds.

The Guardian says that the results leave German Chancellor Angela Merkel isolated. "If Germany takes a tough line on Greece honouring the terms of its bailouts, it remains to be seen whether it will have Hollande's backing. Merkel could rely on Nicolas Sarkozy, but the balance of power in Europe shifted at the weekend and the political and psychological dynamics of managing the euro crisis also changed."

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What did I blink and miss something?  Has the world descended into madness? 

landmines to deter immigrants what a good idea, good luck Greece

the euro is "flawed" because the jew amer4ican "bankers"blatently ROBBED it!! come on . wake up

Well this is what you get when you don't pay tax, but the mines are a good idea

maybe europe should put landmines around greece to keep them inside their own country then watch it fall to pieces. they dont want to pay taxes, retire at 55 on 3/5 salary and then want us to bail them out. this government want to up our retirement age to pay for them while  they get more to live on than i do now.kick them out of the euro if thats what they want and leave them to get on with life in their own little way.

And this is what happens when elected Governments refuse to listen to their people and fail to represent and/or serve them.  There's nothing Neo Nazi about Golden Dawn, they are just plain Nazis.  France goes extreme left - Greece goes extreme right.  Yes, I understand that Greece has had tax issues for a long time, but the bigger picture is the one we ought to be concerned about.

Polarisation of politics is so dangerous, yet our politicians and others in the EU seem not to be able to recognise that they only have themselves to blame.  Whilst letting big business and banking determine policies, they have simply forgotten who their paymasters are - you and me, that's who.  When the public feel that they are not being served well, they will turn to radical groups in order to get their points across.  A lesson to be learned here before the BNP gain yet more ill-deserved support in the UK.

So the democratic system developed in the Athens Greece has elected a Nazi because the economy is almost bankrupt - and the US is following this model?

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