The general election in Greece last weekend saw the ruling right wing New Democracy party retain power with a reduced majority.
The election also saw a swing to the left away from New Democracy and the New Labour-like Pasok party.
The main beneficiaries of this were the Greek Communist Party and Synaspismos, the other parliamentary left party.
New Democracy lost around 300,000 votes while Pasok lost 350,000 – falling to an historical low.
“While the far right got into parliament for the first time since 1977, there was no significant rise in its share of the vote,” said Panos Garganas, from Socialist Worker’s sister paper in Greece. “The main movement is to the left.
“There has been a radicalisation due to the movement over education and the recent fires that broke out in Greece, which revealed the destruction of public services.
“The Communist Party increased its vote from 5.9 percent to 8.1 percent, and now has 22 MPs. Synaspismos went from 3.2 percent to 5 percent and has gone from six MPs to 14.
“There was also a small increase for the far left parties, including the Anti-Capitalist Left which got 10,500 votes.
“Prime minister Costas Karamanlis claimed he now has a mandate for ‘reform’, but in reality this is a weak government with a small majority.
“The prospect is now for a stronger opposition in the streets and in parliament as people expect the Communist Party and Synaspismos to deliver.”