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    I'm from Greece and i'm delighted Syriza won. The negative point is that they didn't manage to form a government on their own so they are collaborating with a right wing party although the only matter these two parties agree on is that they don't want the memorandum in Greece. I don't know how the British media have described what has happened with the greek elections but in Greece many people feel relieved and hopeful that Syriza will make for once a difference. It's still very early though, whether thinngs will be better or not will be shown in time.
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    (Original post by anastas)
    I'm from Greece and i'm delighted Syriza won. The negative point is that they didn't manage to form a government on their own so they are collaborating with a right wing party although the only matter these two parties agree on is that they don't want the memorandum in Greece. I don't know how the British media have described what has happened with the greek elections but in Greece many people feel relieved and hopeful that Syriza will make for once a difference. It's still very early though, whether thinngs will be better or not will be shown in time.
    I'm from Greece too and definitely not as positive as you are - how exactly do you think Syriza will improve the situation?

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    I'm from Greece too and definitely not as positive as you are - how exactly do you think Syriza will improve the situation?

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    I have no idea how they will improve it to be honest but i like their spirit, their left wing ideology and the fact that they're not willing to follow the same policies that New Democracy and Panhellenic Socialist Movement did. What i believe for sure is that what Greece has been enduring for the past years has been detrimental and has had to stop and hopefully Syriza will make it happen.
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    (Original post by anastas)
    I have no idea how they will improve it to be honest but i like their spirit, their left wing ideology and the fact that they're not willing to follow the same policies that New Democracy and Panhellenic Socialist Movement did. What i believe for sure is that what Greece has been enduring for the past years has been detrimental and has had to stop and hopefully Syriza will make it happen.
    Personally i think it's a shame New Democracy did not have another term. Greek economy is finally growing, Greece now has a primary surplus and even Greek unemployment fell in 2014 (more importantly, the jobs were in the private sector).

    I fear that while Syriza will get a bone from Europe, they may get to take credit for what the previous government has done. The election simply came a few years early.
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    (Original post by Rakas21)
    Personally i think it's a shame New Democracy did not have another term. Greek economy is finally growing, Greece now has a primary surplus and even Greek unemployment fell in 2014 (more importantly, the jobs were in the private sector).

    I fear that while Syriza will get a bone from Europe, they may get to take credit for what the previous government has done. The election simply came a few years early.
    What you are mentioning is true indeed but Greece can't stand becoming more and more impoverished.
    The austerity measures have been the harshest among all European countries which were/are in a similar situation and speaking from experience what the previous government has put people through has been sheer hell.
    That's why Syriza got so many votes, not because all of its voters are left wing but because they are hopeful that this situation will end and a new era will begin.

    May i ask whether you are living in Greece?
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    (Original post by anastas)
    What you are mentioning is true indeed but Greece can't stand becoming more and more impoverished.
    The austerity measures have been the harshest among all European countries which were/are in a similar situation and speaking from experience what the previous government has put people through has been sheer hell.
    That's why Syriza got so many votes, not because all of its voters are left wing but because they are hopeful that this situation will end and a new era will begin.

    May i ask whether you are living in Greece?
    Yes but that's my point. You may still feel impoverished but austerity would be ending in the next few years anyway. As employment carried on picking up you'd feel better off.

    All you've done is send a message, anything Syriza gets thanked for in 5 years will probably be down to what the previous government did. A bit like how Labour in 97-01 got praise for what the Tories had done.

    No, i'm British.
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    (Original post by Rakas21)
    Yes but that's my point. You may still feel impoverished but austerity would be ending in the next few years anyway. As employment carried on picking up you'd feel better off.

    All you've done is send a message, anything Syriza gets thanked for in 5 years will probably be down to what the previous government did. A bit like how Labour in 97-01 got praise for what the Tories had done.

    No, i'm British.
    I don't think the austerity would be ending any time soon to be honest. We had been told in the past that there would be no more austerity measures along with many other lies so it's incredibly hard to trust and vote for such a government.

    Hmm, i'm not sure about that again. Syriza has claimed to use different policies from New Democracy so if something good gets done it will be because of the different way they approach situations i guess?

    Oh ok, i just asked to see whether you've experienced what's going on in the country or not.
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    (Original post by anastas)
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    Syriza hasn't actually offered any policies of their own or ideas as to how they will improve the situation. What is this different approach you talk of? Scream at Brussels just for show?
    What New Democracy was doing was slowly improving the situation so I think Syriza will just shout a bit in the beginning and then simply continue with the same measures and take credit for everything New Democracy has achieved. Hopefully that will be the scenario but voting for Syriza is taking a risk that they will do something crazy to stand out and simply "liking their vibe" is not a good enough reason.

    Are you applying to UK universities? I am and I sure as hell want Greece to maintain good relations with the EU and the UK because I need to get the tuition fee loan and I wouldn't be able to afford international fees. Syriza may jeopardise this if they actually try to do something different. If they leave the Eurozone (which is more probable than leaving the EU completely) and Greece returns to the Drahma there will be hyper-inflation somewhat like in Germany following world war 1 and the whole population will actually be impoverished and have NOTHING to eat. Do you seriously want that?

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    (Original post by aersh8)
    Syriza hasn't actually offered any policies of their own or ideas as to how they will improve the situation. What is this different approach you talk of? Scream at Brussels just for show?
    What New Democracy was doing was slowly improving the situation so I think Syriza will just shout a bit in the beginning and then simply continue with the same measures and take credit for everything New Democracy has achieved. Hopefully that will be the scenario but voting for Syriza is taking a risk that they will do something crazy to stand out and simply "liking their vibe" is not a good enough reason.

    Are you applying to UK universities? I am and I sure as hell want Greece to maintain good relations with the EU and the UK because I need to get the tuition fee loan and I wouldn't be able to afford international fees. Syriza may jeopardise this if they actually try to do something different. If they leave the Eurozone (which is more probable than leaving the EU completely) and Greece returns to the Drahma there will be hyper-inflation somewhat like in Germany following world war 1 and the whole population will actually be impoverished and have NOTHING to eat. Do you seriously want that?

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    For me personally, a left wing government is always better than a right wing one. I couldn't possibly vote for New Democracy because i consider myself left wing, am opposing their policies and because they have close relations with far right wing people (see Baltakos). I don't know how Syriza will make things better but i like the fact that they don't want to continue the same policies.

    Yes, i am applying to UK universities as well. I consider it impossible for Greece to be out of the Eurozone, i believe that the reason New Democracy and Panhellenic Socialist Movement have warned people about these potential dangers isn't because they care about Greece but because they wanted to mantain their positions.

    Anyway, good luck with your application! We obviously have very different views on the topic but let's hope things get better.
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    (Original post by anastas)
    For me personally, a left wing government is always better than a right wing one. I couldn't possibly vote for New Democracy because i consider myself left wing, am opposing their policies and because they have close relations with far right wing people (see Baltakos). I don't know how Syriza will make things better but i like the fact that they don't want to continue the same policies.

    Yes, i am applying to UK universities as well. I consider it impossible for Greece to be out of the Eurozone, i believe that the reason New Democracy and Panhellenic Socialist Movement have warned people about these potential dangers isn't because they care about Greece but because they wanted to mantain their positions.

    Anyway, good luck with your application! We obviously have very different views on the topic but let's hope things get better.
    As for the right wing, Syriza did form a coalition with ANEL - how come you are ok with that but not central ND? Anyway I wouldn't want to fight over this since there's nothing that we can do to change the results of the elections now.

    Best of luck to you too! What's your top choice?

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    (Original post by aersh8)
    As for the right wing, Syriza did form a coalition with ANEL - how come you are ok with that but not central ND? Anyway I wouldn't want to fight over this since there's nothing that we can do to change the results of the elections now.

    Best of luck to you too! What's your top choice?

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    I don't like at all that they're collaborating with ANEL, i see it as a necessary evil.

    Thank you! Liverpool is my top choice and have applied to Sussex, Stirling and Strathclyde for English (either single honours or with a minor in a language). You?
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    (Original post by anastas)
    I don't like at all that they're collaborating with ANEL, i see it as a necessary evil.

    Thank you! Liverpool is my top choice and have applied to Sussex, Stirling and Strathclyde for English (either single honours or with a minor in a language). You?
    Nice! A friend of mine went to Liverpool for a medicine interview last week and said it's absolutely lovely. I've firmed Cambridge for Natural Sciences and insured UCL for Biomedical Engineering (my other choices were Imperial, Manchester and Sheffield for biomaterials and tissue engineering)
    Are you from Athens?
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    (Original post by aersh8)
    Nice! A friend of mine went to Liverpool for a medicine interview last week and said it's absolutely lovely. I've firmed Cambridge for Natural Sciences and insured UCL for Biomedical Engineering (my other choices were Imperial, Manchester and Sheffield for biomaterials and tissue engineering)
    Are you from Athens?
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    Congratulations for your friend and you, that's so nice to hear! Wow you've been accepted to top unis, this is amazing!
    No, i'm from Pelopponnese
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    (Original post by anastas)
    Congratulations for your friend and you, that's so nice to hear! Wow you've been accepted to top unis, this is amazing!
    No, i'm from Pelopponnese
    Thanks! I go to Tolo almost every summer :P

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