The elections for the Greek government has ended. A 2 party government of Syriza and the conservative independent Greeks party was formed. The junior party wanted to protect certain traditional values like the role of the Orthodox Church in the state Syriza agreed and the 2 parties agree on economic policy in relation to austerity. The government wants to stay in the EU and in the Euro but they want to end austerity and they claim the national debt is too burdensome for the Greek people. Another area of disagreement is that the Greek government reject the EU hostility to Russia. Syriza has sympathy for Russia.
The victory for Syriza will change the politics of Europe but will it lead to reform or a bitter stalemate depends on the politicians of Europe. The old model of deregulated markets has failed. The economic policies that social democrats and conservatives supported after world war 2 of regulated markets and the welfare state must be looked at again.
John O Brien.