Wall Street Journal
June 17, 2012
Antonis Samaras, the leader of Greece's victorious New Democracy party, has made a fast turnaround from Europe-bashing populist to the continental power brokers' preferred choice to lead Greece.
Voters in Greece Sunday handed New Democracy the edge in a close race with no likely outright majority winner, according to early projections. But as the leader of the top-finishing party in the fractured poll, Mr. Samaras will get the first shot at attempting to form a government and is likely to be prime minister.
Few jobs in politics are as unforgiving as being Greece's prime minister right now. But seizing the office would realize a long-held ambition for a man who was a conservative darling two decades ago before being exiled from the party, and then staging a remarkable comeback.
Now, the question for the American-educated politician from a prominent Greek family is whether he will fare better than the last American-educated politician from a prominent Greek family to sit in the chair: His old Amherst College roommate George Papandreou.