Sunday 25 February 2018

George Georgiopoulos: Former student radical itches to teach EU lesson

It's fair to say that "sexy" is not an adjective used to describe most Greek politicians. When Alexis Tsipras, the 37-year-old ex-student radical poised to become the most powerful man in Greece, sat with no necktie across the negotiating table from middle-aged party bosses, it was clear politics in Athens were about to change.

A motorcycle-riding ex-Communist with a chiselled chin, thick black hair, smouldering eyes and attractive girlfriend, Mr Tsipras has seduced the public with a promise to give them what European leaders say is impossible: keeping Greece in the euro currency while tearing up the bailout that staved off bankruptcy.

To his foes -- who include essentially the entire Greek political establishment and the collective leadership of the European Union -- he is a reckless charmer, dragging his country to certain collapse on the false promise of easy solutions.

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