Monday 29 May 2017

Success for Syriza spells trouble for Enda Kenny

Head of radical leftist Syriza party Alexis Tsipras waves while leaving the party headquarters after winning the elections in Athens. Reuters
Head of radical leftist Syriza party Alexis Tsipras waves while leaving the party headquarters after winning the elections in Athens. Reuters
Thomas Molloy

Thomas Molloy

Few politicians have more to fear from yesterday's Greek elections than Enda Kenny.

The success of Greece's anti-austerity leftist party Syriza and its dynamic leader Alexis Tsipras has the potential to leave the Taoiseach looking like the troika's poodle a year before he must go to the polls.

Mr Kenny knows this and looked achingly uncomfortable during a discussion in Davos last week where Finnish Prime Minister Alexander Stubb softened his stance on Syriza by hinting that some sort of debt write-down deal was possible.

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