Following Sunday’s nationwide ballot, the populist leftwing party Syriza won 149 seats in the 300-seat Greek parliament on a 36.3% share of the vote. In order to form a working majority, Syriza has agreed to work with the populist rightwing party Independent Greeks, who have 13 seats.
Costas Lapavitsas, an economics professor at London’s School of Oriental and African Studies, believes a confrontation is looming between a Syriza government and the EU and consequently Syriza desperately needs solidarity. A Syriza government could spur on other anti-austerity forces across the continent. It is conceivable that Podemos could assume power in Spain later in 2015.
According to the opinion polls and with only a week to go before the Greek election on 25 January 2015, the far-left party: Syriza is still at least 3% ahead of the centre right party: New Democracy led by Antonis Samaras . However indications show that Syriza does not want to withdraw from the Euro and polls reveal that almost three quarters of voters believe Greece should stay in the Euro, even if it entails further sacrifice. The question is how can this be achieved?