Analysis: Anti-Austerity SYRIZA Takes Greek Elections

PM Elect Alexis Tsipras CC Flickr Joanna, changes made,

Coalition Considerations

At time of writing SYRIZA is projected to take 149 seats, two short of the absolute majority needed to form a government without a coalition partner. Such a wide margin of victory means a SYRIZA-led government is all but inevitable. The only question is which smaller party Tsipras decides to bring into the government – a decision that will hold clues as to the policy posture of the new Greek government.

There are a few possibilities available to SYRIZA. First is To Potami, a newly-created party that at 50%-counted took roughly 5.8% of the vote (good for 17 seats). To Potami had been most widely tipped to enter into a coalition with SYRIZA in the lead-up to the election. Its policy positions tend to be centrist and pro-European, and a SYRIZA-To Potami coalition would allow Alexis Tsipras to moderate some of his more extreme views on renegotiating Greece’s bailout package under the pretense of coalition politics.

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