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A supporter of PASOK attends a rally in central Athens' Syntagma Square, Greece, May 4, 2012 (AP photo by Thanassis Stavrakis).

Can a New Alliance of Greece’s Center-Left Resurrect the Old Dominance of PASOK?

Monday, Nov. 20, 2017

On Nov. 19, Greek primary voters elected Fofi Gennimata to head a new alliance of the fractured center-left that was once united by the dominant PASOK party. Using an open primary system, four parties allowed all Greek citizens to choose from a slate of candidates competing for the authority to decide what the new unified party would look like. In an email interview, Dimitri A. Sotiropoulos, an associate professor of political science at the University of Athens, describes what gave rise to the alliance of center-left parties, how it will contend with the radical left Syriza party that leads the government, and what issues to look out for ahead of the next Greek parliamentary elections.

WPR: What was behind the recent alliance of parties on the center-left, and how was an open primary used to form a new party under the PASOK umbrella? ...

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