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Not only are Syrizia political outsiders, this would be the first leftwing government in Europe since [fill in once an example comes to mind].
Remember that Cyprus had a Communist government at the time of the 2003 bank crisis and imposition of capital controls... but Communist and all it was fully on board with the island's "offshore hedge fund" business model.

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by Carrie (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Mon Mar 2nd, 2015 at 12:48:07 PM EST
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I remembered actually, but as you say Cyprus was hardly known for its socialist economic policy. Though I wouldn't be surprised if the Euro ministers didn't remember until they decided to ground it into the dust.
by generic on Mon Mar 2nd, 2015 at 03:55:21 PM EST
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Cyprus was the banker to too many Russian oligarchs. Obviously a legitimate target.

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by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Mon Mar 2nd, 2015 at 10:46:52 PM EST
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