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Greece Synapismos
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Sources: The Library of Congress Country Studies; CIA World Factbook
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    Synaspismos (SYN--Coalition), the party that has finally emerged from the union of KKE-Interior with several other leftist groups, has a small number of hard-core adherents but a much larger number of potential sympathizers. Thus, the party does much better in local elections and in elections for the European Parliament (seen by some Greek voters as an opportunity to express their real preferences), than in the national parliamentary elections, which, because of their impact on people's daily lives, are often perceived as a choice between the lesser of two evils, PASOK or the ND.

    In 1981, Synaspismos received only 1 percent of the vote for the Assembly, but over 5 percent of the vote for the European Parliament. In 1993 SYN obtained only 2.9 percent of the vote in the national election, narrowly missing the 3 percent required to send any deputy to the Assembly. Then, in June 1994, it secured two of the twenty-five Greek seats in the European Parliament by gaining over 6 percent of that vote.

    SYN has adopted a strongly pro-European stance. Domestically, it advocates administrative reform and modernization, as well as moderate economic policies--policies not much different in late 1994 from those practiced by PASOK and advocated by Evert's ND. On foreign policy, SYN is clearly the most conciliatory party on the Macedonian issue and on relations with other Balkan nations, often warning against the dangers of unbridled nationalism. Its frequent inability to speak with a single voice accounts for much of the party's failure to establish itself as a viable alternative in the minds of many Greek voters. But its most fundamental problem is that, more than any other party, SYN is in direct competition with PASOK for issues and supporters on the moderate-left of the spectrum. Experts believe that the end of Papandreou's tenure in PASOK could enhance SYN's role in representing that constituency, depending on the effectiveness of Papandreou's successor. SYN would be most likely to come to power as a member of a broad government coalition with centrist and center-left reform parties.

    Data as of December 1994


    NOTE: The information regarding Greece on this page is re-published from The Library of Congress Country Studies and the CIA World Factbook. No claims are made regarding the accuracy of Greece Synapismos information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about Greece Synapismos should be addressed to the Library of Congress and the CIA.

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