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  •  Thanks for a concise and clear analysis. (1+ / 0-)
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    I'm not terribly concerned about the elections to the European Parliament, since, IIRC from school, most actual policy is set by the European Council and the Council of Ministers, and one of the deep flaws of the EU is the fecklessness of the Parliament.

    The local and other Greek election results are more telling, though, and more concerning, and they really underscore your point that, whatever sort of party Syriza is, it's a much weaker political force than the triumphalist reporting claims.

    Marx was an optimist.

    by psnyder on Sun May 25, 2014 at 10:17:52 PM PDT

    •  Agreed re: Europe (2+ / 0-)
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      psnyder, unfangus

      I think we all agree that the European Parliament is a fairly insiginficant party and that one of the EU's many flaws is that the real policymaking does not come from its parliament.  The main problem is that this year's election, at least in Greece, was seen as important more for the message that it would send to the Greek government and to the EU.  And, for me at least, that message is not that of a resounding rejection of the austerity policies, but rather, a tame acceptance of it and a tepid "victory" of the left, while the real majority voted for one of the governing or pro-austerity parties.

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