The Daily Telegraph

Alexis Tsipras faces shock election defeat as voters on course to punish Syriza at the ballot box
The Daily Telegraph

Greek voters are set to punish the government of prime minister Alexis Tsipras after polls show his hard-Left Syriza party is on course for a shock defeat in a general election later this month.

Mr Tsipras, who called a snap vote on August 20, has seen his party’s comfortable 15 point lead evaporate in just six weeks, putting the centre-right New Democracy in pole position to lead Greece’s fifth government in just four years.

The ascendant conservatives – who support the bail-out and will keep the country in the euro at all costs – edged ahead of Syriza for the first time since May 2014 in two polls this week.

A survey carried out by Metron analysis put ND in the lead with 24pc of the vote, compared to 23.4pc for the incumbent Leftists. A previous poll for Mega TV put them on course for 25.3pc of the vote ahead of Syriza’s 25pc.

The new government will face the daunting task of implementing a comprehensive overhaul of Greece’s byzantine tax system, privatising €50bn of national assets, and overseeing the recapitalisation of a collapsing banking system.

C’est particulier de voir les Grecs être capables d’alterner les gouvernements de gauche et de droite en si peu de temps…

En fait, c’est peut-être le problème des Grecs, les électeurs ne semblent pas avoir de boussole idéologique; les gens votent avec leurs émotions, tout ce qui importe c’est de punir le parti qui était au pouvoir. Mais à vouloir constamment punir les politiciens sortants, le pays finit par faire du surplace…