Syriza’s backbenchers form a new party (Popular Unity)


A file photo dated 10 July 2015 shows dismissed Minister of Energy and Environment Panagiotis Lafazanis in the plenum of the Greek Parliament. Lafazanis was dismissed by Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and is now leading a new party as Greece braces for snap elections within September

The pro versus anti-bailout cleavage mutates into a pro versus anti euro cleavage

Prior to the resignation of the Greek Prime Minister, Alexis Tsipras, on Thursday, the European Commission issued a report on its assessment of how Greece could promote social justice and economic growth by implementing measures recommended under the bailout program.

Syriza’s backbenchers were on the other hand convinced that social justice, economic growth and the terms of the bailout agreement were incompatible. Among measures creditors want to see are further reductions in pensions, a hike...

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