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Looking at the Interior Ministry's map, PASOK was biggest party only in Crete and a province close to the Turkish border, while SYRIZA won in the centre and a couple of other places. ND's majority came from most of the rural areas. KKE won on an island.

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Sun May 6th, 2012 at 07:05:05 PM EST
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PASOK had something like 60% in the three prefectures of Crete in 2009 it is now winning, and it has dropped to something like a third of its vote now. The prefecture of Rodopi in Thrace was won by PASOK because there was a strong muslim minority candidate (50% in the prefecture). Syriza won neighboring Xanthi for the same reason...

The "center" that Syriza won is Athens, the Athens Basin area, and the exurbs and industrial towns (not to mention slums) surrounding Athens (heavy industry also is concentrated in the other two pink prefecture in the center, Boetia and the island of Evia). This is a big deal. It won across the board in Athens in all parts of town and the conglomeration except the richest. The little dot it won in Northern Greece is the Thessaloniki Metropolitan area. Between Athens and Thessaloniki, that's over half the population of Greece. It also won in the area in the Northern Peloponnese (Akhaia) where the third largest city in Greece is situated (Patras) and which is a deindustrialized city, in depression well before the current crisis. So Syriza won in the three largest cities in Greece.

KKE won in Samos- basically it won ~50% in the neighboring island of Ikaria, a Very Red island, populated by mostly crazy people (crazy in a nice way), which totalled something like >70% for the hard and harder left. That was enough to win the single seat.

Contrast and compare with 2009

The road of excess leads to the palace of wisdom - William Blake

by talos (mihalis at gmail dot com) on Sun May 6th, 2012 at 09:37:04 PM EST
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How do people vote on Aegina (small island off Athens in the Saronic Gulf) and Agistri (even smaller island next to Aegina)? I have friends on Agistri, so I'm a bit curious. :)

Peak oil is not an energy crisis. It is a liquid fuel crisis.
by Starvid on Wed May 9th, 2012 at 09:11:49 AM EST
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Aigina
Agistri (Apparently the Nazis there are tied at first place with New Democracy)

The road of excess leads to the palace of wisdom - William Blake
by talos (mihalis at gmail dot com) on Wed May 9th, 2012 at 12:42:30 PM EST
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Awesome. The Mediterranean vacation paradise island, located in a sea where you actually feel you are in the cradle of democracy and Western civilization as the sun sets where the land falls at Corinth, has now been turned into a pseudo-Nazi stronghold.

Thank you ECB! I'll remember to wear my swastika t-shirt at my next visit!

Peak oil is not an energy crisis. It is a liquid fuel crisis.

by Starvid on Wed May 9th, 2012 at 05:51:04 PM EST
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Oh, and by the way.

"The rise in political extremism in Europe," writes Financial Times columnist Wolfgang Munchau, "is in part the consequence of stubbornness and stupidity among centrist elites."

Peak oil is not an energy crisis. It is a liquid fuel crisis.

by Starvid on Wed May 9th, 2012 at 05:55:53 PM EST
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European Tribune: Get your news two weeks early.

- Jake

Friends come and go. Enemies accumulate.

by JakeS (JangoSierra 'at' gmail 'dot' com) on Wed May 9th, 2012 at 06:05:19 PM EST
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Ehm... about Corinth? It was the prefecture / voting district with the highest percentage of Nazi voters in Greece...

The road of excess leads to the palace of wisdom - William Blake
by talos (mihalis at gmail dot com) on Wed May 9th, 2012 at 09:15:53 PM EST
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And BTW, if you go there regularly and they know you? Don't. Let them know why you won't. It's about time that some people realize that when your island votes Nazi, this has the result of people avoiding your island and your business. Aigina at least had the Nazis running sixth...

The road of excess leads to the palace of wisdom - William Blake
by talos (mihalis at gmail dot com) on Wed May 9th, 2012 at 09:27:13 PM EST
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My friends who live there are actually Swedes, and I don't think they are going anywhere. They've owned a house on Agistri for about 20 years, and spend basically half the year living there.

You know, things would work much better in Europe economically speaking, if a million Germans followed their lead. ;)

Peak oil is not an energy crisis. It is a liquid fuel crisis.

by Starvid on Thu May 10th, 2012 at 05:35:58 AM EST
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