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Saturday, February 21, 2015

Can Syriza Break the Greek Oligarchy? - W.R. Mead, American Interest

Recurring Failed Populist Syndrome - The American Interest

Syriza has some real idealism and youthful energy behind it, and the Greek public’s deeply felt fury at its current situation is not unjustified. To the extent that this anger can be channeled to break up the cronyism that currently plagues Greece, so much the better. But there isn’t much sign, yet, that Syriza either understands or is able to implement the kinds of changes Greece needs. We can and do hope for better things, but it would be more prudent to bet that Syriza’s rise marks Greece’s descent into the world of failed populism than that the new government will lead Greece and Europe to a brighter future.

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