Greece Teeters on Precipice as Rebels Face Old Guard

Syriza Party leader Alexis Tsipras greets supporters during a main pre election party rally on June 14, 2012 in Athens, Greece. Photograph by Milos Bicanski/Getty Images

The lone German in the crowd of anti-austerity voters was handing out socialist literature. Stefan Kimmerle, a blonde, bespectacled 40-year-old activist, had flown in from London, where he now lives, to cheer on the rising leftist party, Syriza, and its telegenic young leader, Alexis Tsipras. Back in his home country, German leaders have grown so terrified of Tsipras that the German edition of the Financial Times recently published an online editorial in Greek calling the Syriza leader a demagogue and appealing to Greeks to vote instead for the conservative New Democracy party.

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