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The Greek Elections after the Syriza defeat (and MeRA25’s new 9 seats): some initial observations.

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Syria Loses, Yanis Varoufakis Backed MeRA25 Enters Parliament with 9 seats.

Greece’s centre-right opposition party New Democracy has won the nation’s snap general election.

With most districts counted, Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras admitted defeat to his rival, Kyriakos Mitsotakis.

New Democracy has 39.85% of the vote so far, with Mr Tsipras’s leftist Syriza party in second place with 31.53%.

Current projections give New Democracy an outright majority, as the winner receives 50 extra seats in parliament.


This is clearly not a crushing defeat for Syriza who got a respectable 86 seats.

The rigid Communist Party, Communist Party of Greece (Greek: Κομμουνιστικό Κόμμα Ελλάδας) maintained their position, stuck like a block of granite, with the same 15 seats they got in 2015.

The following (see for more information,  below) is not widely reported:

This was welcome:

One can expect those on the left who are hostile to Syriza, and who advocate an anti-EU strategy, to circle like vultures over these results.

One of the first will doubtless be the Greek academic,  Costas Lapavitsas.

At present he is best known for his lectures on the need for the British left to embrace a No Deal Brexit.

The Professor often draws on his experience of Syriza,

Interviewed in the Red-Brown Spiked he stated in December last year;

The left must fight for a real Brexit’

What did your experiences in Syriza teach you about the EU?

Costas Lapavitsas: They taught me that the EU is ruthless when it comes to negotiations. It only understands the language of power.

It is obvious that the Tory government and the Tory Brexiteers are incapable of preparing for No Deal. It is now up to the left to tell people that it is perfectly possible to leave without a deal and that we should not be scared of it.

In the page of the sovereigntist leaning and pro-Brexit  US journal Jacobin, he argued at the start of July against left-wing internationalism and in favour of “command over national space” to create a socialist Britain free from everything bad “engulfing” the rest of the continent.

We Need a Labour Brexit

It is vitally important for the Left in the UK and Europe that the Labour Party should continue to uphold the result of the 2016 referendum. It is even more important for the Labour Party, even at this late hour, boldly to air arguments in favor of the radical potential of Leave. For readiness to exit the European Union is the true test of socialist opposition to the neoliberal iron collar currently throttling Europe.

The European left is in a state of weakness and confusion, clearly exhibited in the European elections of 2019. To recover, it must first realize that confronting neoliberal capitalism in Europe implies a rupture with the European Union. It should then start forming the political and ideological vehicles to support true internationalism and solidarity among the European peoples. This is the hardest challenge for twenty-first century socialism in Europe. It is still possible for the British Labour Party to grasp the unique historical opportunity offered by Brexit to open a path for the rest of Europe.

Lapavitsas Is a member of Popular Unity,  (GreekΛαϊκή Ενότητα (ΛΑΕ)Laïkí EnótitaLAE).

Mr Brexit Bolshevik’s party got this score.

15,948 0.28 0 Steady 0


The SWP backed Front of the Greek Anticapitalist Left (GreekΑντικαπιταλιστική Αριστερή Συνεργασία για την Ανατροπή, ΑΝΤ.ΑΡ.ΣΥ.Α.).

A much more respected Greek critic of Syriza, Yanis Varoufakis, who backed Remain in the UK 2017 Referendum, says,

The only ray of hope in this bleak setting is the entry of MeRA25 into Parliament. DiEM25’s electoral wing in Greece was the pleasant surprise, entering Parliament with 9 MPs despite a total lack of funds and a sustained campaign of demonisation by the establishment and Mr Tsipras’ government.

MeRA25 as the only ray of hope on the day the recalcitrant Greek Right returned to office – Election Night message

This is their result:

194,212 3.44 9



Written by Andrew Coates

July 8, 2019 at 12:09 pm

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  1. From a friend. in response to a query. “Damian Mac Con Uladh The guy in the photo is Vasilis Viliardos, whom I’d never heard of until today. It appears he’s deputy leader of the Greek Solution party, which has made it into parliament for the first time. It’s run by a telemarketer called Kyriakos Velopoulous, who is a far-right headbanger who has flogged what he claims are Jesus’ original writings on TV. Considered to be Putin-friendly. Well, I don’t know when Viliardos became deputy leader of his party, but Iskra (voice of the old Left platform in Syriza and now aligned with Lafazanis and Popular Unity LAE) was republishing Viliardos’ articles last year. Topics: solving world debt, the dissolution of Europe. (I’ve looked at some of Viliardos’ articles on his website and he quotes from Daily Stormer, for example).”

    Jim Monaghan

    July 8, 2019 at 12:22 pm

  2. Thanks for that Jim.

    My main intention, apart from (since I do not see any wing of Syriza as “populist” in the sense of la France insoumise or Podemos) was to indicate that the pro-EU Greek left has not been wiped out.

    That the only critics from the left who won (the Greek Communists are a lost cause, and are stuck in a dangerous and unpleasant past) were the pro-remain and reform left of MeRA25.

    It is interesting to hear of how political confusionism and the red-brown front has come to Greece.

    Andrew Coates

    July 8, 2019 at 12:31 pm

  3. Andrew Coates

    July 9, 2019 at 12:13 pm

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