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Greek Crisis: Radicalism Becoming Mainstream

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Greece's two main parties, which back tough austerity measures, have lost their parliamentary majority, throwing the country into political uncertainty.

Between them, Pasok and New Democracy attracted less than a third of the vote in elections on Sunday.

A radical left coalition (Syriza) came second after New Democracy, and a neo-Nazi party polled almost 7%.

Greece has secured two EU-IMF bailouts but the result is seen as a rejection of their stringent demands.

With about 99% of votes counted, centre-right New Democracy (ND) is leading with 18.9%, down from 33.5% in 2009.

ND and the socialist Pasok have between them run Greece since the 1970s. Since November, they have been in a coalition led by technocrat Prime Minister Lucas Papademos.

Pasok could only manage third place with 13.2%, down from 43.9% in the last elections and behind Syriza, which polled 1
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Added: May-7-2012 Occurred On: May-7-2012
By: MB-UK
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  • lets hope they kick all the immigrants out first...

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  • When reasonable people refuse to be reasonable, radical people appear to be decent polite people.

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  • Under Obama, the US ratio of GDP-to-deficit has risen to a level closely similar to that of Greece in the lead-up to its financial disaster.

    WE IN THE US ARE HEADED FOR THIS SAME SCENARIO unless our Federal Government somehow becomes capable of enacting radical change in its fiscal practices. But we won't have anything like the EU to even attempt to bail us out.

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  • eurabia is doomed

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  • So we now have a completely broke country whose parliament members wear uniforms and perform roman salutes under a swastika - lookalike flag, claiming that safety, illegal immigrants and some territorial scuffles are their no. 1 priority.
    I've seen that movie already! Can't we have anything a bit more modern?

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    • @Moore Slayer Wait until you see what happens in America when all the crazy-ass heavily armed rednecks suddenly up-and-decide the country's not backward and religious enough, and that 2+ million prisoners isn't enough either.

      Fascism is alive and well. The stuff coming out of Arizona is especially mindblowing.

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    • @Moore Slayer Oh brother...

      No, self-determination and liberty are great things. But there's not a lot of that happening in the US.

      "Redneck" is the term I reserve for people who hate minorities like blacks or gays or the poor, and act and vote accordingly to their biases. The people who vote for Joe Arpaio because he finds any excuse to lock up hispanics/blacks. The people who vote for Jan Brewer because she'll stick it to those Mexicans. The people who are themselves often poor, bu More..

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    • @Moore Slayer Oh, and regarding big government:

      http://www.nytimes.com/2012/05/05/business/economy/government-is-getting-smaller-in-the-us-off-the-charts.html?_r=1

      Whatcha got to say about that? :P

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