Ideological reflections from Greek politics in the 2014 Elections for the European Parliament

In a post written in the Greek language, I asked readers what they would be voting in the upcoming elections, trying to summarise the 43 choices of parties or coalitions between parties that are participating from my country. Greece is often referred to as the birthplace of democracy and – if the number of parties is any indicator – seems to be in an intense period of soul-searching. No doubt the economic crisis is being reflected here. I pointed out that job insecurity or enhanced mobility (two expressions of a similar process) is now infecting the political world. It is important to note the irony of a workforce being continuously moved around despite – in so many areas of the economy – the jobs it serves remaining still.

With the above as a brief introduction, I present here two tables for a wider audience who may wish to ‘read’ into the Greek participation in the process. The first one – in English – is the summary of my analysis. Therefore there is a subjective component in grouping together the 43 parties into 13 categories that may be more recognisable – based on their ideology, which trascends our culture. I think my message on twitter with the results from local elections shows such categorisation is useful – see

The second table shows each party and how it fared in two previous elections. I should note that in 2012 there were two consecutive elections in Greece and I am showing the results from May 2012; not what followed in June 2012, when the electorate polarised between the two winners of the May vote. Finally any asterisks appearing near the number of votes from prior elections mean that there have been some changes in the coalition of parties involved in this election and the result shown. My view that Syriza belongs to Social Democracy is controversial. My pre-election position had been:

I will consider it a step forward for our political reflections if no single party (shown below) wins over one million votes.

This statement does not reflect a general position of mine, but one that speaks to the balance of power in May 2012 and how it should be evolving to better align the interests of the Greek people in determining their future according to their wishes and needs and in conjuction with the people of the world.”apotelesmata

2 thoughts on “Ideological reflections from Greek politics in the 2014 Elections for the European Parliament

  1. What is interesting in your table there is the fact that both Neoliberal parties and the Nationalist-Fascists have shown the starkest increase. I think that speaks volumes about the polarisation of the electorate.

  2. My reaction to the results in reply to a friend from Argentina who expressed his worry about the number of voters electing Nationalist-Fascists:

    Yes, the clouds are gathering. It is much more complex than stupidity and desperation being coupled to poverty. Consider three more things.

    1) a ruthless dictatorship at workplaces, where the relationship employer-employee is approaching that of master-slave
    2) a ruling class with experience – besides police and army they require smaller armed forces which can be seen to act on ideology as opposed to being under their directive
    3) lack of education and jobs for larger sectors of the population (i.e. the only reason where there seems to be some political agreement on the cause of the phenomenon)

    There are of course the issues (divisions) between nations, again in the primitive way, where nations are being understood as the interests of the small minorities that are in possession of their riches.

    So for my general impression see:

    (and read organised labour intervention is lacking, despite the presence of a communist party)

    and for my point (1) see what happens if one disagrees with their employer in a UK University:

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