17 January 2015

The Syriza led by Alexis Tsipras is still around 3% ahead of New Democracy led by Antonis Samaras

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?

Srećko Horvat is a philosopher, author and political activist. In an article published by Aljazeera in 2014 he commented that:

European left parties cite SYRIZA as their inspiration. And it is definitely not a surprise that most of them emerged from the protest movements of the past few years. What we had in Europe- and what to a large degree holds also for the "contemporary impotence" of the left - is what Hegel would call the "beautiful soul" (die schöne Seele). Subjects - either activists, intellectuals or the electorate - withdrawing from engagement, unwilling to dirty their hands. Isn't the famous passage from Hegel's "Phenomenology of Spirit" the best description of all those who complain about the rise of the far right, but do nothing to fight it or are even opposed to voting at the European elections?

If SYRIZA really succeeds in their call for earlier national elections and comes to power in Greece, there is no doubt this event would change the current European deadlock.

Srećko Horvat is regarded as one of the "central figures of the new left in post-Yugoslavia.  Read the full article: