» A coalition to keep austerity measures alive: The vote in Greece ensures that the two parties that are most likely to support austerity measures — New Democracy and the once-powerful PASOK, which will likely form a coalition with New Democracy to ensure a majority — will be able to keep those measures in place. That’s despite the measures’ widespread unpopularity and extremely high unemployment. The two parties together would hold 162 of the country’s 300 seats in parliament. That said, the elections, which took two tries to get right, were seen as a coming-out party for the far-left Syriza, which was only a minor party as recently as 2009. ”Very soon, the Left will be in power,” said Syriza’s leader, Alexis Tsipras, in a concession speech. ”We begin the fight again tomorrow.”
idroolinmysleep asks: Re: Greek parliament -- you might want to note that Golden Dawn, which has 21 seats according to your chart, is a neo-Nazi party. AFP has a story on it (Google for Golden Dawn Nazi and it'll come right up).
» SFB says: We actually covered this first thing this morning, but it’s certainly worth emphasizing again. They’re on track to get 7 percent of the vote, which is fairly huge considering they got .29 percent in the prior election. Certainly not a positive development. — Ernie @ SFB
In an ironic twist of history, ‘democracy’ collapses day after day in its cradle, only to reveal itself as a bloodthirsty cacophony of exploitation, suppression and inhumanity.Al Jazeera English columnist Nikolas Kosmatopoulos • Offering up a particularly harsh take on the state of affairs in Greece, which is holding elections today. His article’s title? “If elections could change things, they’d be illegal.” A tough title for a tough sentiment, in which Kosmatopoulos says that the rising influence of the far right has made targets of the poor and of immigrants in the country. The country, which runs on a multi-party parliamentary system, could see fringe groups, such as the neo-Nazi Golden Dawn, get significant shares of the votes on Sunday. What happens to a country so battered by economic austerity that fringe groups gain significant power? Let’s hope we don’t find out.