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Syriza’s victory is an historic challenge to EU establishment

The significance of Syriza’s victory in Greece cannot be underestimated. It represents much more than opposition to the failed policy of austerity. It is a direct challenge to the social and economic consensus that has dominated Europe and the libera

1st February, 2015
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Eoin Ó Broin

The last democratically elected radical left government in Europe was in 1936. The coming to power of the Spanish Popular Front was used as a pretext for General Franco’s fascist coup and 40 years of dictatorship.

A similar fate befell Salvador Allende, the democratically elected Marxist president of Chile. His Popular Unity government was overthrown in 1973 by Augusto Pinochet, whose brutal dictatorship ruled for almost 20 years.

In Latin America, radical left governments still have to...

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