Regardless of political affiliation, every one in Greece can sense the historical significance of the newly elected Greek government, the first left-wing government in Greek history.
After more than 6 years of a profound financial and social crisis, people in Greece have found hope in Syriza’s 40-something charismatic leader, Alexis Tsipras, and his anti-austerity rhetoric. Economists have repeatedly warned against the unsound rationality behind austerity measures imposed on Greece but the country continued to suffer because of the dogmatic and short-sighted approach of the Greek and European elite.
Greek voters responded well to Syriza’s politics of hope that promised a tough negotiation strategy in the Eurozone.
Citizens across Europe—in Spain, Italy, France, and even Germany and the UK— congratulated Greeks on the outcome of the election that has inspired hope for a better European Union future. The election is a message to Europe to change policies that have led the southern countries into a dead-end of debt, poverty and unemployment. But hope coupled with uncertainty dominate the tone of post-election Greece. “The real struggle now begins,” as many Greeks say.
We have chosen a number of pictures and headlines to illustrate the enthusiasm of people inside Greece and around the globe. Photos were taken by Sofia Zachariadi