Mon Jul 8th, 2019 at 12:22:00 PM EST
A general election took place in Greece, yesterday 7th July 2019. I will make a few comments, as nobody else has done so.
Please note that I have no particular knowledge of politics in Greece, other than through my attachment to the DiEM25 movement.
So this will be a somewhat ignorant and partisan little diary.
The headline is "Conservative landslide", because the New Democracy party won a majority (158 of 300 seats)...
But in a normal European democracy, the news today would be all about the difficulty of cobbling together a left-of-centre government...
Frontpaged - Frank Schnittger
Greece uses a hybrid system, whereby the leading party gets a bonus of 50 seats. Let's see how the results stack up without that bonus :
|New Democracy|| 39.9||
|EL (Greek Solution)|| 3.7||
|Total right|| 43.6|| 118|
|SYRIZA|| 31.5|| 86|
|KINAL (Pasok+)|| 8.1||
|KKE (Communists)|| 5.3||
|MERA (Diem25)|| 3.4||
|Total "left"|| 47.2|| 132|
There are reasons to be relatively cheerful :
Golden Dawn, the fascists, got less than 3% and so have zero MPs (18 previously), albeit replaced by hard-right EL
The centrists, formerly 9 seats, have also bitten the dust
MERA25, led by Yanis Varoufakis, broke through, after narrowly missing the 3% threshold in the European elections last month.
But of course, of the four "left of centre" parties, probably no two are capable of working together...
The future is sure to be entertaining, seen from outside. Less so for the long-suffering population of Greece, of course.