Letter from Athens: The Widening Gyre: Greece’s Chaotic Center-Left Cannot Hold

On May 5, 1985, then- Prime Minister Andreas Papandreou held court on a platform in the middle of Patra, Greece’s third-largest city, a sea of zealous supporters – scores of thousands of them filling Agiou Georgiou Square and spilling out onto surrounding streets – adoring him, chanting, screaming for the PASOK Socialist leader who had taken his party dominance.

In October 2009, his son George, who taken the party’s rein as an heirloom, carried on PASOK’s legacy, it seemed, winning election …

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