Sunday May 31, 2020

Greeks find their hero

Alexis Tsipras and his finance minister Yanis Varoufakis might be going down like a lead balloon with eurozone leaders, but the Greek people are fully behind their new prime minister in his attempts to renegotiate the country’s bailout terms.

15th February, 2015
A Greek Orthodox priest in Athens shouts slogans as he joins protesters gathering outside the Greek parliament building as they take part in a solidarity rally with the Greek government for its negotiations with international country's lendersEPA/Yannis Kolesidis

Nikos Vlastaris, 70 years old and retired from the merchant marine, loves the new government. He has joined thousands of other Greeks in rallies outside parliament supporting the new prime minister, Alexis Tsipras, who leads the leftist, anti-austerity Syriza party.

Vlastaris had voted for Syriza’s governing coalition partner, the nationalist, right-wing Independent Greeks. But he liked Tsipras, whom he considered tough and proud to be Greek. “I hope he doesn’t bend,” Vlastaris said. “I hope he...

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