EDITORIAL: Voters in Greece were angered by austerity, now face more of the same


Beware of Greeks bearing false promises. That’s the lesson of the end of the Syriza government in Athens, whose four years in power ended over the last weekend in a definitive general election.

The general election results show the anger and discontent of the Greek public in stark relief. The main center-right opposition party that unseated the radical-left Syriza party of the prime minister promises to boost growth and create jobs. The conservative New Democracy Party, led by Kyriakos Mitsotakis, won 39.6 percent of the vote, according to official estimates. Syriza will win about 31.6 percent of the vote. This would mean 158 seats in the 300-seat parliament for the New Democracy Party, enough, reports Politico Europe, to form a single-party government.

Syriza, the leftist party headed by Alexis Tsipras, was brought to power four years ago by promising every Greek a puppy, lemonade, and endless sunshine. Greeks had

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