Monday, January 26, 2015

Alexis Tsipras forges anti-austerity coalition in challenge to European Union

Panos Kammenos, left, meeting with Alexis Tsipras at SYRIZA's headquarters on Monday morning.

Monday Jan 26, 2015

By Paul Tugwell and Eleni Chrepa

Greek Prime Minister-elect Alexis Tsipras forged an anti-austerity alliance within hours of his election victory, challenging European peers with a declaration that the era of bowing to international demands for budget cuts is over.

Tsipras’s Syriza party and the Independent Greeks announced their coalition in Athens Monday morning after Syriza won an historic victory in elections by harnessing a public backlash against years of belt-tightening, job losses and hardship. In his victory speech, Tsipras said his priority is “for Greece and its people to regain their lost dignity.”

(Ekathimerini, Athens, Creece)

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