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Greek Elections: Syriza Victory On Europe's Front Pages

Syriza celebrations in Athens
Syriza celebrations in Athens
Julie Farrar

Greece's anti-austerity party Syriza won Sunday's general election with 36.3% of votes, putting the country on a potential collision course with the European Union over its 240 billion euro bailout package. Party leader Alexis Tsipras said that, "The verdict of the Greek people renders the troika the IMF, the EU Commission, and European Central Bank a thing of the past for our common European framework."

The results, with a favored Syriza winning with even a larger share of seats in Pariament, sent an immediate shock through both political and financial channels in Europe. The euro hit an 11-year low Monday morning, although Syriza insists that a "Grexit" (ie, Greece leaving the single currency) is not on the cards. Newspapers across the continent were all Greek on Monday morning:

GREECE

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"Syriza 36.3% – Greece turns a page"

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"New scenery with Syriza victory"

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"Victory. Heavy like history"

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"Rerouting Greece"

GERMANY

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"Historic shift to the left in Greece"

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"The new face of Europe"

FRANCE:

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"Greece: Full steam left!"

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"What an example!"

ITALY:

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"Tspiras' triumph is an EU earthquake that will change everything"

SPAIN:

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"Syriza's victory will bring a tumultuous period in Europe"

PORTUGAL:

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"Greece turns the page on austerity and leaving Europe to take stock"

UK:

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Poland's "Family Values" Obsession Squashes The Rights Of The Individual

Poland's political parties across the spectrum prioritize the family in every area of life, which has a detrimental effect on everything from social services to women. But the state should support a dignified life for every citizen, not just those who in long-term unions.

Photo of an empty stroller in the middle of a crowded square in Warsaw, Poland

In Warsaw, Poland

Piotr Szumlewicz

-OpEd-

WARSAW — Social policy in Poland means family. Both left and right, major parties boast that they support the idea of family, act in the favor of families, and make sure that families are safe.

Everyone seems to have forgotten that, according to Article 32 of the Polish Constitution, "everyone is equal before the law" and "everyone has the right to equal treatment by public authorities."

What's more, "no one shall be discriminated against in political, social or economic life for any reason." In other words, the state should take care of all citizens, regardless of whether they live alone or are part of large families, have childless marriages or informal unions.

Unfortunately, for many years, Polish state policy has been moving in a completely different direction. The subject of government social policy is not the individual, but the traditional family. Even sadder: this policy is also supported by the entire parliamentary opposition. This actually means supporting Christian Democrat social policies that discriminate against women, single people, or those living in informal relationships.

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