Understanding the European Consequences of a Modern Greek Odyssey
October 27, 2015
Over the past 18 months, Greece has been led by two very different prime ministers and governments: those of the center-right New Democracy leader, Antonis Samaras (from June 20, 2012, until January 26, 2015), and the far-left Syriza leader, Alexis Tsipras (who was elected on January 26 and reelected on September 20). These leaders have had vastly different domestic, European, and foreign policies, particularly with regard to their responses to the country’s protracted economic crisis and interaction with Greece’s creditors. This brief report examines these two approaches and the consequences of the governments’ actions.