Greece's Anti-Bailout Brigade Is Here to Stay

Alexis Tsipras, the leader of the leftist party Syriza, at a campaign rally in Athens Photograph by Eirini Vourloumis/The New York Times via Redux

When Alexis Tsipras, the 37-year-old leader of Greece’s leftist Syriza party, addressed supporters on Sunday night, he couldn’t hide his mixed emotions. His party had collected 27 percent of the vote, making it the second-largest party in the Greek Parliament. The total was six times more than what Syriza polled in the 2009 elections. And yet the enormous attention showered on Tsipras and his anti-bailout stance over the last month had raised expectations so high among party members that coming in second felt like a defeat. “We reached the well, but we didn’t drink any water,” Tsipras said.

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