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Ten years ago, Syriza obtained just 4% of the vote in Greek elections. Recently, the leftwing party took control of the country under the charismatic leadership of Alexis Tsipras. Tsipra’s impressive election victory and his decision to build an anti-austerity government in coalition with the rightwing populist Independent Greeks Party sent shockwaves through Europe. What impact is to be expected for Greece and for Europe in general? Can this government keep Greece in the EURO-Zone and does it really want to? How will it deal with the social challenges Greece is facing? Will the success of Syriza galvanize the extreme left all over Europe and put pressure on the EU economic policies? And what to think of the fact that the Russian ambassador to Greece was the first foreign diplomat welcomed by Prime Minister Tsipras? Will the new Greek government be committed to NATO and the EU foreign policy?
These and other questions will be discussed in a Rapid Response Debate with three experts:
Gérard Roland is E. Morris Cox Professor of Economics and Professor of Political Science. He is a leading expert on questions dealing with the EU economy and EU politics.
Christos H. Papadimitriou is C. Lester Hogan Professor of EECS. He is a native from Greece and well informed on the complexities of Greek politics and society.
Eleftherios Mikros is an LL.M. Candidate at the UC Berkeley School of Law. He is a native of Greece and expert on social issues like immigration, education and human rights in Greece.
The debate will be moderated by Jeroen Dewulf, Director of Berkeley’s Institute of European Studies.
It will take place on February 6 from noon to 1:30 PM at 223 Moses Hall and is co-organized by the Institute of European Studies and the Center on Institutions and Governance at the Institute of International Studies.
UC Berkeley on May 6-7, 2011 Link to Book