moscowAntonia Dimou
(RIEAS Senior advisor based in Athens, Greece and Associate at the Centre for Strategic Studies, University of Jordan)

John Nomikos
Director of the Research Institute for European and American Studies based in Athens, Greece)

Copyright: Russian International Affairs Council (RIAC) – Publication on RIEAS web site on 23 January 2015

The upcoming January 25, 2015 national elections in Greece highlight a major challenge as they present a struggle between anger against austerity and fear of euro exit. The apparent reason that led to early national elections is the failure of the coalition government to obtain a parliamentary majority to appoint a candidate as president of the Republic . The hidden motive behind the declaration of early elections however was the volatile political landscape that made strenuous coalition government's compliance with the Troika's tough agenda thus postponing structural policy reforms by fear of the social effects that could be translated into high political cost. The Greek Prime Minister was between Scylla and Charybdis in terms of sustaining the coalition government and meeting Troika's demands for unimpeded economic support... Read more (English) & Read more (Russian)

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