How Greece's Far-Left Syriza Party Won Over Voters
Greece voted in elections Sunday and put Alexis Tsipras and his leftist, anti-austerity Syriza party in power.By Matt Picht | January 25, 2015
Alexis Tsipras and his far-left Syriza party are poised to win Greece's snap election Sunday with around one-third of the vote, which would signal a radical shift for the country's politics.
It's a historic step for the party, and an impressive rise, since Syriza was polling at just under 5 percent six years ago. What changed?
Think back to 2010. To avoid a catastrophic default, then-Prime Minister George Papandreou accepted a 110 billion euro bailout from other EU members on the condition Greece underwent harsh austerity measures.