Thursday 19 April 2018

Ambrose Evans-Pritchard: Relief all around Europe ... but don’t expect that to last much beyond today

Leader of conservative New Democracy party Antonis Samaras is cheered by supporters after his statement on the election results in Athens
Leader of conservative New Democracy party Antonis Samaras is cheered by supporters after his statement on the election results in Athens

EUROPE’Ss establishment is delighted by the victory of New Democracy and pro-asphyxiation bloc. This relief is unlikely to last much beyond today, if that.



Greece’s new leaders have a mandate from Hell. Almost 52pc of the popular vote went to parties that opposed the bail-out Memorandum in one way or another. There is no national acceptance of the Troika’s austerity policies whatsoever.

The hard-Left Syriza party of Alexis Tsipras is arguably more dangerous in opposition, now fortified with big bloc of seats in Parliament. He can lacerate the government without responsibility as the state sheds 150,000 public sector workers, a fifth of the total.

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