Syriza’s new coalition partner, the Independent Greeks or Anel, is a split from the Tory New Democracy.
Its leader, Panos Kammenos, was a New Democracy MP but left due to nationalist opposition to the memorandum.
The memorandum demanded austerity and cuts in return for bailouts.
Anel sees austerity as a problem only because it is being imposed by foreigners.
Kammenos is a darling of the shipowners, a homophobe and well known for his Antisemitic outbursts.
His inclusion in government has shocked many Syriza supporters. Some claim it is necessary as Syriza fell just short of a majority.
But Syriza could have formed a minority government.
Many activists in Greece say that Syriza would have sought a coalition with Anel even if it had a majority.
The Syriza leadership has had a long term project to win over the anti-austerity right. It argues that this can unite the “nation”, rather than seeing the fight against austerity as a battle of the working class.
This reflects the idea that governments should rule in the “national interest” which blurs real class divisions.
Racism has been a key weapon of the Greek and European elite. Many expect Syriza to bring in anti-racist measures.
Yet a strategy of trying to keep the bigots of Anel on board will leave the left fighting with its hands tied.