Anti-Populist Tsipras Makes Greece EU’s 2nd Most Populist

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As he’s been railing against populist right-wing governments in the European Union, Prime Minister and Radical Left SYRIZA leader Alexis Tsipras has made Greece the second-most populist country in the bloc, a survey showed.

Greece is behind only Hungary, which has a strongman ruler blocking refugees and migrants and reprimanded by the EU for his authoritarianism, with Tsipras’ administration seen being as repressive from the left side  in terms of “authoritarian populism”, according to this year’s Authoritarian Populism Index, compiled by Sweden’s Timbro think tank.

According to its website, the Timbro Authoritarian Populism Index is the “only Europe-wide comprehensive study that aims to shed light on whether populism poses a long-term threat to European liberal democracies.”

The annual study was presented in Athens by the Center  for Liberal Studies – Markos Dragoumis (KEFiM) said the business newspaper Naftemporiki.

Based on the Europe-wide study, Italy is in third place. The Swedish think tank notes that Greece is one of four EU member-states where the government is comprised only of populists, while populist parties – whether on the right or left – collected more than 50 percent of the votes in the last general election, September 2015.

Tsipras and his party took power in January, 2015 on the back of anti-austerity pledges and promises to drive out international creditors before he reneged on both, seeing him plummet in polls with elections coming this year.

He promised to bring a Leftist revolution across Europe but has lost the support of a majority of Greeks after also making a deal to give away the name of the ancient Greek province Macedonia to rename The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, which is now North Macedonia.

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  1. REALLY….. Greece is among the most dangerous threats to the Communist/Fascist EU Parliament ..which defines any country defending and promoting the National and cultural interests of the people of Greece…not foreign bodies like the EU or U.S …as some sort of enemy of the state!

    Hard to believe ..even though … Tsipras has been selected by EU countries to receive a Noble Peace ignoring the populace interests turning over the Macedonian culture to future EU and Nato country, and accepting a Criminal Eu financial Bail out package, which was rejected by the populace…and ..sold off the sovereignty of Greece both in terms of assets, culture, and sovereignty to the EU…he is still not subservient enough to the unelected leaders of the Greek people in Brussels!

    Hungary ..has not complied with the EU . because,.he was elected by the populace to not comply with the U.S soviet block…now renamed the European Union and Nato !
    However the leader of Hungary, a strong resister the old Soviet Block states….I thought when we left the old Soviet Block we would be free…but now I see…we haven’t changed anything being in the EU

    Amazing…the EU must consider Greece insubordinate not supporting the tyrants in Brussel breaking all international laws of the U.N. to tell the people of Venezuela , that their elected leader no longer the recognized leader of the EU…only an unknown un elected member of their government!

    End the EU.

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