Ahead of election, Greek far left Syriza Party cozies up to Turkey

Syriza supporters

Greece’s Syriza party leader Alexis Tsipras’ meeting with Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu in December 2014 marks an important beginning in bilateral relations, Syriza’s foreign relations representative has said.

Tsipras and Davutoğlu held talks at an Athens airport in early December 2014, at the end of Davutoğlu’s two-day official trip to Greece, where he also met with Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras, whose New Democracy party seems to be heading for defeat.

“That meeting was an important beginning for the relations between Syriza and the Turkish government,” Syriza’s Foreign Relations Representative Nadia Valavani told Turkey’s state-run Anadolu Agency in an interview on Jan. 22.

Syriza looks set for a comfortable victory in the Jan. 25 general election, according to opinion polls that show the radical left-wing party consolidating gains in the final days of campaigning.

The election in Greece is being closely watched by financial markets, as a victory by the anti-bailout party could trigger a standoff with European Union and IMF lenders and push the country close to bankruptcy or an exit from the eurozone.


I do not know what to think. Marine Le Pen is apparently hoping for a Syria win, presumably in the hope that they will leave the Eurozone.

But it could be the worst of all worlds: Germany (who effectively runs the Eurozone) will become frightened and cave in, and Greece will stay.

Meanwhile, I do not need to remind you that nothing could be worse on the immigration front than a group so far left they are kissing cousins with Marxists.

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  • Exile1981

    Or lets not forget that Greece and Turkey have a history that involves the Turks invading Greece cypress to free the “oppressed” turks living there. Really the russians are just following the turkish model.

    • Frau Katze

      But this a hard leftist. He’ll cave.

  • Drunk_by_Noon

    And people think Greece can be saved.
    From her own people?

    • Frau Katze

      No. That’s the problem.

  • minuteman

    You would think that the history of the region would mean that “cozying up to Turkey” was a total non starter. If the Greeks vote for this they deserve everything they will have coming.

  • tom_billesley

    Lord Byron will be spinning in his grave.

  • Martin B

    The Ottomans ruled Greece with an iron fist for four centuries. If that’s not long enough for Greeks to learn their lesson, there is no hope for them.

    • Frau Katze

      Like the rest of Europe, they’re in a suicidal mode.

  • Alain

    There are other deciding factors beyond the Greek vote, the main one being that the Left (socialism/communism) require other people’s money to survive and that money is not there. How long will the Germans continue to fund it is the question. Germany is the main source of money/finance for the EU members, since all the other members operate in the red. Also Germany has its own problem, serious ones at that, with its growing Muslim population.