Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Greek elections: Alexis Tsipras – kingmaker or deal breaker?

June 11, 2012

In his fresh linen suit and crisp white shirt, Alexis Tsipras cuts a dashing figure. And on the podium on Sunday, exactly one week before Greeks cast their ballots in the most crucial election since their country emerged from the ashes of civil war, the young leftist leader was on vintage form, fists punching the air as the crowd cheered on the man many have come to see as Greece's salvation in its greatest hour of need.

On Sunday, it was Chios. On Monday, Heraklion, the capital of Crete. On Tuesday, Athens. But as he crisscrosses Greece, the message is the same. "We speak the language of hope," says Tsipras, "where others speak the language of fear."

In the countdown to a vote that could be as pivotal for Europe as for debt-stricken Athens – with many seeing it as a referendum on Greece's place in the eurozone – the politician is on a roll.


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