What a difference a year makes. Early 2015 was a moment of enormous optimism for the Left in the eurozone periphery.
Syriza had swept to power in Greece with 36 per cent of the popular vote. Sinn Féin and Podemos were riding high in the Irish and Spanish polls and looking like potential leaders of left-led governments.
After seven years of brutal austerity, the possibility of real change seemed imminent. Voters were abandoning the parties...
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