Paul Mason talks to some Greek farmers and finds that in a region without activist support or even a single poster up before the election all those he talked to said there was only one party they were voting for:
In the baking heat, and amid the beer fumes, one by one they tell me who they’ll vote for: “Syriza, Syriza, Syriza, Syriza…”
On the basis of my trip to Anavra, I would say this is going to be a very close election.
You are already starting to hear ND supporters shrug their shoulders and say “well, this is what democracy can bring”. And there is no shortage of people outside Greece who would like to see Syriza win, bringing the Greek crisis to the long awaited moment of catharsis, where a clash with the Euro authorities gives them the excuse to kick Greece out of the single currency.
If Syriza wins, Europe is in unknown territory. Syriza’s leader, Alexis Tsipras wrote in the FT:
“Arthur Miller once wrote that ‘an era can be said to end when its basic illusions are exhausted’. The basic illusion of good Greek government under the old regime of a two-party system has been exhausted. It is now totally incapable of ensuring our country’s return to growth and full participation in the eurozone. This Sunday we will bring Greece into a new era of growth and prosperity. The new era begins on Monday.”
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