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Syriza shatters Greece’s staid political order

By Joshua Chaffin

May 10 2012

Yiannis Bournos was manning an Athens polling station at the moment when a 37-year-old politician, Alexis Tsipras shattered Greece’s ossified political order and claimed a pivotal role in determining the next phase of the eurozone crisis.

“I started writing the results and my hands started shaking,” recalled Mr Bournos, 32, who has worked in leftwing politics since university. “It was unbelievable.” What Mr Bournos was recording was the emergence of Syriza – a coalition of a dozen far-left factions led by Mr Tsipras – from the wreckage that is modern Greece.

To the astonishment even of its own members, the group came second in Sunday’s general election, capturing 16.7 ...

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