Monday, February 2, 2015
Will Greece's New Government Be a Western Mouthpiece for Putin?
February 2, 2015
The recent election win by Greece's far-left Syriza party has focused attention on the economic consequences of its policies for the Eurozone.
What has been overlooked is the effect this victory may have on the foreign policy of the EU countries as well as on NATO.
That this latter aspect would come to predominate developments was made abundantly clear as soon as the new government was formed. In one of its first acts, the new Syriza-led government broke ranks on foreign policy and protested the EU's condemnation of recent Russian-backed military offensives in Ukraine and the call for further sanctions on Russia.
The government of Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras complained that it hadn't been consulted. According to a government statement, the EU announcement violated "proper procedure" by not first securing Greece's agreement.
Syriza's pro-Kremlin stance reflects a deep conviction within the party that Greece has much to gain from closer ties to Vladimir Putin's Russia.