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Populism and Euroscepticism in Greece: Left and Right United (TruLies Blog by Heinz-Jürgen Axt)

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Normally, it is difficult to imagine a left wing and a right wing populist party building a government coalition together. In Greece, however, this has been reality since the election of 25 January 2015. While the leftist populist party SYRIZA (Synaspismos Rizospastikis Aristeras, Coalition of the radical left) had won the elections and managed to obtain 149 of 300 mandates in the Parliament in Athens, it was missing two repre­sen­ta­tives for a majority government. So they formed a coalition with the right wing populist party ANEL (Anexartiti Ellines, Independent Greeks), which had won 13 mandates. In a new blog post for TruLies, Heinz-Jürgen Axt analyses what motiva­tions by the parties were behind this.

Heinz-Jürgen Axt is professor emeritus at the university Duisburg-Essen.

The project “TruLies – The Truth about Lies on Europe”, aided by the Stiftung Mercator and run by the Institute for European Politics (IEP) in cooper­ation with Das Progressive Zentrum, has two principal objec­tives. On the one hand, it strives to decon­struct Eurosceptic and populist preju­dices, animosities, and false asser­tions, by means of social scien­tif­i­cally-grounded analysis. Thus, it aims to contribute to a ratio­nal­i­sation of the public discourse and debate in Germany (and beyond). On the other hand, “TruLies Europe” endeavours to publicly commu­nicate its findings beyond the select circle of scholars to political actors, civil society, and the wider public. You may find further infor­mation on our website:

Heinz-Jürgen Axt‘s contri­bution can be found here.