Greece’s new conservative parliament convenes after elections | AFP

Greece’s new parliament is sworn in after July 7 elections that saw a broad conservative victory end over four years of leftist rule. The 51 members of the new government swore the oath of office on the Bible in a ceremony led by the Archbishop of Athens Ieronymos, in line with Greek tradition. That further underlined the break with the term of defeated leftist prime minister Alexis Tsipras, an atheist, who had taken the oath in a civil ceremony in 2015. Mitsotakis, a pro-business conservative, has vowed to ditch Tsipras’s proposals to separate Church and state. IMAGES

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Conservatives beat Tsipras in Greek vote: exit polls | AFP

Greece’s conservative New Democracy party has defeated Greek leftist Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras in Sunday’s general election, exit polls showed. Supporters of Greek leftist Prime Minister Alexis Tspiras watch with growing dissapointment as a combined survey by Greece’s main TV stations showed New Democracy leading Tsipras’s Syriza party by an average of 40 percent to 28.5 percent. IMAGES

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The Establishment Politician Trying to Win Back Greece

Greece is poised to do something increasingly rare in Europe these days: elect an establishment politician as their next prime minister.

Despite presiding over a fragile economic recovery, Greeks appear to have grown tired of Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and his Syriza party, and are looking to shake things up during this Sunday’s legislative election.

All signs indicate Kyriakos Mitsotakis of the centre-right New Democracy party will come out on top.

If those projections hold and Greeks end up choosing the 51-year-old Mitsotakis on Sunday, voters won’t just be voting for a fresh face, they’ll be ushering in a return to establishment politics.

Unlike Tsipras, who rose to power on a wave of anti-establishment sentiment and anger towards the EU, Mitsotakis represents Greek political aristocracy. His father Konstantinos was Prime Minister between 1990 and 1993.

“I think society realized that electing populists into power is not a solution to underlying economic problems. So essentially what is happening is the pendulum is swinging in the opposite direction,” he told VICE founder Shane Smith during an interview at the New Democracy party headquarters in Athens.

He’s not shy about his establishment credentials either. One of Mitsotakis’s main campaign planks is convincing Greek’s that his financial stewardship can spur renewed confidence in the Greek economy, and lead the lenders who bailed out its economy to the tune of 240 billion euros over eight years to ease their strict requirement that Greece maintain a budget surplus of 3.5 percent.

“The key challenge is to restore high growth rates,” Mitsotakis said. “If the economy grows faster, our creditors are going to be happy because the debt is going to be repaid more easily.”

And to get the economy growing at a faster rate Mitsotakis is appealing to young Greek who left the country during the financial crisis to return.

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Greek PM Tsipras visits North Macedonia

Macedonian Prime Minister Zoran Zaev welcomes Greek Prime minister Alexis Tsipras to Skopje on his first visit after resolving a 27-year row over North Macedonia’s name. It is the first official visit by a Greek prime minister since the former Yugoslav republic declared independence in 1991, kicking off the name row that roiled diplomatic ties for nearly three decades as the neighbours tussled for ownership of the name Macedonia and its cultural heritage. IMAGES of Zoran Zaev and Alexis Tsipras

Greek PM Tsipras meets Greek Oxthodox Patriarch in Istanbul

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras meets Greek Oxthodox Patriarch Bartholomew of Constaninople in Istanbul. Tsipras earlier met with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday for talks to ease tensions over bilateral disputes and the long-running Cyprus problem. Tsipras is the first Greek premier to visit Turkey in six years. IMAGES of Tsipras arriving and meeting with Greek Oxthodox Patriarch Bartholomew of Constaninople, and of the religious service

Greek MPs ratify Macedonia name change in historic vote

Greek lawmakers ratify a landmark name change deal with neighbouring Macedonia, handing Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras a diplomatic triumph and bucking street protests to end one of the world’s most stubborn diplomatic disputes. A narrow majority of 153 MPs in the 300-seat chamber approved the deal, with several independent lawmakers supporting Tsipras’ leftist Syriza party. IMAGES of the Greek Parliament and SOUNDBITE of the House Speaker Nikos Voutsis reading results in Greek

Greek PM Tsipras visits scene of deadly wildfire disaster

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras pays his first visit to the area ravaged by the country’s worst ever wildfires as anger mounts over his government’s response to the disaster that left scores of people dead. His trip was not announced beforehand in what local media said was a bid to avoid protests by residents of the hard-hit seaside villages east of Athens – Mati and Rafina.

Austerity and Anger: Protests Against Syriza’s EU Deal

On January 25, the leftist party Syriza emerged victorious in Greece’s national elections. Days later, Alex Tsipras, the new 40-year-old prime minister, formed a coalition government with a strong mandate to renegotiate Greece’s bailout terms and reduce its large debt pile, built up over the five-year financial crisis.

Tsipras and his team then engaged in bitter negotiations with the country’s international lenders. Athens sought to scrap the harsh measures attached to the bailout by describing the plight of austerity-hit Greeks as a “humanitarian crisis.” On February 20, a deal was clinched. The country’s loan agreement was extended by four months, giving Greece more breathing space to negotiate a better pact in the future, but also forcing Syriza to climb down on its pre-election promises.

Despite the deal, Greece is still broke and needs European loans to avoid bankruptcy. The new government’s popularity is slowly declining and uncertainty as to how Syriza will live up to its many promises remains.

Facing backlash from its own supporters, Syriza’s deal with the European Union has sparked angry demonstrations in Athens. VICE News attended the protests and spoke to people disillusioned with the current situation and the party’s pre-election pledges.

Watch “Greece’s Young Anarchists (Part 2)” – http://bit.ly/1xzrXm8

Read “Debt Deal Puts Greece’s New Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras in a Tough Spot” – http://bit.ly/19FTaIY

Read “Anger at Greece’s Threat to Unleash Wave of Migrants and ‘Jihadists’ if Europe Leaves it in Crisis” – http://bit.ly/1FaTwUj

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