January 28, 2015
Soon after Syriza, the Greek radical leftwing party, swept to power this week, alarm bells began ringing in the capitals of Europe. However it was not finance officials who were rattled but Europe’s defence and security chiefs.
The day after his election as Greece’s new prime minister, Alexis Tsipras threw a grenade in the direction of Brussels: he objected to calls for further sanctions against Russia as a result of rising violence in Ukraine.
On Wednesday, Athens went further. “We are against the embargo that has been imposed against Russia,” said Panagiotis Lafazanis, the energy minister and leader of Syriza’s far-left faction, according to the semi-official Athens News Agency. “We have no differences with Russia and the Russian people.”