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Sunday 24 September 2017

Gilmore not only EU Leftist leader to suffer

EAMON Gilmore's demise as party leader is being replicated elsewhere in Europe as austerity supporting political groupings bear the brunt of an angry voter backlash.

In Greece yesterday, Fotis Kouvelis, of the country's Democratic Left party (DIMAR), announced his resignation as party leader, citing his party's results as the main reason for his departure.

DIMAR was in the coalition government of Prime Minister Antonis Samaras' New Democracy Conservatives and the PASOK Socialists but left last year.

But before that, Mr Kouvelis backed harsh austerity measures which were perceived to be against the party's core values. And like Labour here, they dearly paid for it in the weekend polls. Democratic Left got 1.2pc in last Sunday's EU election, versus the 6.26pc secured in last national elections. The result meant that it failed to elect any politician to the European Parliament.

The Punt believes that regardless of how you feel about his time in government, Mr Gilmore's decision to step down so quickly instead of getting into a dirty fight amid a heave, possibly damaging the country's stability, showed character and should be applauded.

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