Alexis Tsipras.

Berlin’s nightmare is coming to pass

26 January 2015 12:07

In recent weeks, European diplomatic sources have regularly argued that Syriza would have to moderate its demand in office. They argued that Syriza wouldn’t win a majority and that to… Continue reading

Results In The Greek General Election

UK politicians squabble over whose point the Greek elections prove

26 January 2015 8:53

What are the lessons for British politicians from Syriza’s victory in the European elections? They’re certainly very keen to tell voters what lessons we should be drawing. Last night Nigel… Continue reading

The leader of Greece's left-wing Syriza party Alexis Tsipras casts his ballot at a polling station in Athens (Photo: Aris Messinis/AFP/Getty)

Greece lightning: six things you need to know about Syriza’s victory

26 January 2015 8:10

It’s official: Syriza, the Greek anti-austerity leftist party, has won the general election. With 98pc of the votes counted it is looks to have taken 149 out of 300 seats, just two short of… Continue reading

Victory. But for how long?

Syriza’s rule will be short-lived: the EU will never give what it wants

25 January 2015 22:14

So Alexis Tsipras is Greece’s new Prime Minister. Syriza, the extreme-left party he leads, may end up (just) short of an overall majority. But it won a landslide today – and no… Continue reading

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Greece and the Eurozone, what happens next

25 January 2015 20:55

The Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras has called Syriza’s leader Alexis Tsipras to concede defeat. But n European Chancelleries, they will be holding their breath and hoping that Syriza do… Continue reading


A Syriza majority will put Athens and Berlin on a collision course

25 January 2015 18:53

The next set of exit polls are now out from Greece and they, again, show Syriza pulling off a spectacular victory. Their lead might even be just enough to see… Continue reading

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Anti-austerity party Syriza celebrates as exit polls put it ahead in general election

25 January 2015 18:02

Exit polls published in past few minutes suggest that anti-austerity Syriza are on course to win the Greek general election. One put Syriza on 35.5 per cent of the vote,… Continue reading


Greece votes, Europe waits

25 January 2015 10:48

Greek voters are currently going to the polls in an election that will have profound consequences for the Eurozone. If the anti-austerity Syriza party wins, as the polls suggest it… Continue reading


How the Greek election will affect our election

15 January 2015 15:24

In ten days time, Greece goes to the polls in what is, arguably, the most important election that will take place this year. For if — as looks likely —… Continue reading


Why are the Elgin Marbles going to Russia? They belong to Greece

5 December 2014 10:59

There can’t be a better spot in the whole of London than the British Museum, the crown jewel of the city’s cultural life and a fantastic tribute to the British… Continue reading

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The European market hangover – bad news is bad news again

17 October 2014 14:04

In the latest Spectator, Liam Halligan takes a sobering look at European markets bearing the brunt of sanctions against Russia. ‘The western economy that’s suffered most, by far, is the… Continue reading

Is atheism in trouble? Photo: Getty Images.

Podcast: Atheism’s crisis of faith, whether Cameron ‘ does’ God and holidaying in Athens

16 April 2014 8:58

Is atheism in trouble? On this week’s View from 22 podcast, the Spectator’s Douglas Murray and Freddy Gray discuss our Easter cover feature on the return of God. Why has… Continue reading

George Clooney - a good actor but a terrible cultural commentator (Photo: ANDREW COWIE/AFP/Getty)

Let’s ignore George Clooney’s vapid comments about the Elgin Marbles

11 February 2014 19:51

George Clooney may be many things, but an art historian he is not. Speaking at a press conference promoting his new film The Monuments Men, both he and co-star Bill… Continue reading

Investigation In Jimmy Savile Allegations Continues

The Tories should pledge to cut the BBC’s licence fee

13 November 2013 14:16

There has not been much good news out of Greece since the eurozone powers decided to crush the country, but it is heartening that the state broadcasting company, ERT, has been closed down. All such… Continue reading

Time for a double dip? Today's figures suggest that the Eurozone is back in recession.

Eurozone enters double dip recession

15 November 2012 9:50

The Eurozone is now in recession – this, at least, is what is implied by today’s avalanche of dire economic data. Eurostat has not (yet) made this calculation; but Capital… Continue reading

Defence Secretary Liam Fox Facing Inquiry Into Ministerial Conduct

Liam Fox: all weaker Eurozone members should leave the single currency simultaneously

28 October 2012 21:06

Since leaving the Cabinet, Liam Fox has acted as a cross between a scout and an out-rider for various of his former Conservative Cabinet colleagues. In a speech in Oslo… Continue reading

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The EU wins the Nobel Peace Prize

12 October 2012 11:20

Today is not April the first; but the European Union has indeed won the Nobel Peace Prize. It is a bizarre decision given what is going on in Europe right… Continue reading

Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras has asked for 'breathing space' on cuts. Image: PA.

Greek PM seeks breathing space on cuts

22 August 2012 9:18

Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras is looking for a breather this morning as he meets Jean-Claude Juncker, head of the eurozone finance ministers, to discuss Greece’s ability to make the… Continue reading

Newly appointed Greek Finance Minister V

Greece’s troubles deepen

25 June 2012 18:00

The Greek coalition was already a pretty shaky affair but the resignation of the finance minister before he’s even taken office weakens it even further. Vassilis Rapanos, who was the… Continue reading


The View from 22 – the rise of the 2010ers

21 June 2012 14:15

Is David Cameron’s greatest threat sitting inside his own party? In this week’s cover feature, James Forsyth examines the radical new mood that is taking shape among some of the… Continue reading

Putin Meets With Merkel In Berlin

The pernicious myth of powerlessness

19 June 2012 9:30

‘Corruption,’ wrote Edward Gibbon in his peerless Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, is ‘the most infallible symptom of constitutional liberty.’ I was reminded of this phrase when thinking… Continue reading

Debt Wracked Greece Goes To The Polls For Critical General Election

A turning point in Greece? Think again

18 June 2012 19:45

Things in Greece could have been worse after yesterday’s election, but that fact can’t be hailed as a ‘turning point’. Assuming that Greek political leaders form a coalition and push… Continue reading

The Eurozone Crisis Deepens As Greece Attempts To Avoid Bankruptcy

Kicking the can down the road

18 June 2012 12:15

There has been a lot written about Greece’s elections. The outcome, a narrow victory for the New Democracy party, was the most widely expected result. Paradoxically, this result will lead… Continue reading

Merkel And Hollande Meet Hours After Hollande's Inauguration

The morning after the night before

18 June 2012 9:00

This morning’s front pages are devoted to Greece, and the consensus is that the result of yesterday’s election amounts to little more than a stay of execution for Greece and… Continue reading

Debt Wracked Greece Goes To The Polls For Critical General Election

The worst of all possible worlds

17 June 2012 20:45

The Greek election has, in terms of the Eurozone crisis, produced the worst possible result. If the Interior Ministry’s initial projections are accurate, New Democracy has come first. But it… Continue reading