Greece woke up to a new political reality on Monday morning – one which seems set, once again, to tip it and Europe into a period of deep uncertainty.
Unlike France, Greece’s election left no outright victor, as voters rejected in their droves the fiscal belt tightening endorsed by the country’s mainstream parties.
‘‘I’m happy because the two big parties have now finally understood that the people have revolted,’‘ one man in Athens said.
But, the result raises fresh doubts about Greece’s long-term future in the eurozone, a fact not lost on one woman.
“I’m afraid about the future, whatever that might be. I don’t think that if we leave the eurozone, we are going to disappear from the earth, but, I don’t know, it’s unknown, it’s ‘twilight zone.’ I wouldn’t like to enter there, but if I have to, I’m going to survive.”
Sunday night’s biggest winner was the radical left party Syriza. Led by Greece’s youngest political leader Alexis Tsipras, it pushed socialist Pasok into third place. Like the extreme right ‘Golden Dawn’, Syriza’s anti-bailout and anti-austerity message struck a cord.
Addressing jubilant supporters Tsipras said: “Our first commitment at the moment is to honour the mandate the people have given us and to do whatever we can to make sure the country has a government which will condemn the bailout agreement and cancel austerity measures.”
After such a backlash against the bailout, the big question now is, where does this leave Greece with the mainstream parties unable to form a majority? To get more insight on this and other questions euronews spoke to Nikos Kostandaras the Editor-in-Chief of Greek newspaper Kathimerini.
To see the full interview, click on the above link.