Greece as an example of “post-politics” in the eurozone

Monday, 9 November 2015
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Authors: Filippa Chatzistavrou  and Sofia Michalaki

Series: EPIN Commentary   No of pp: 5

The negotiations between Greece and the EU and IMF tested the unity, limits, stamina and financial interdependence of eurozone member states. Greece emerged wounded from the fray, but Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has established beyond doubt his dominance in Greek politics, in defiance of partisan competitors at home and his counterparts’ wishes in the rest of Europe.

In this EPIN Commentary the authors argue that – beyond the political significance of SYRIZA’s third electoral victory in seven months – this vote of confidence brings certain characteristics of both Greek and EU politics into sharper relief. The high-risk political activism undertaken by Syriza’s leadership in the first half of 2015 has (re)opened the debate about what kind of EU we live in, and contributed to the creation of another type of discourse in Europe – one that has so far been the preserve of established elites.

 

Filippa Chatzistavrou is a Research Fellow at the Hellenic Foundation for European & Foreign Policy (ELIAMEP) and Sofia Michalaki is a junior Research Fellow at ELIAMEP.