Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Greece's "Uncompromising Nationalist" Party Golden Dawn Won 7% of Greek Parliamentary Vote (Leader's Speech Video)

It's starting to get interesting politically in the euro zone. It shouldn't come as a surprise given the severity of the sovereign debt crisis, austerity measures, bailouts, unemployment, and economic depressions in the euro zone. First, in the French election on May 6, French President Nicolas Sarkozy lost to Fran├žois Hollande, the first socialist president elected in France since Francois Mitterrand in 1981 (BBC, Reuters, NYT). And in Greece's election over the weekend, the "uncompromising Nationalists" party, or neo-Nazi party (look at their flag), 'Golden Dawn' won 7% of the popular vote or 21/300 seats in the Greek parliament. I found an infographic by Thomson Reuters that broke out the Greek election.

Below I embedded videos of Nikolaos Michaloliakos, the leader of the Golden Dawn party, giving his victory speech to the media (translated into English) and answering questions on the street. I added a Russia Today video as well. If you want more info on this political party, VICE interviewed a member of Golden Dawn a few days before the election. Interesting turn of events. I also found a chart of the opinion polls going back to 2009. Look at Golden Dawn's trend line since November 2011 (black line).









Greek election opinion polls (source: Wikipedia).

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