On January 25, Greece is holding a “snap election” forced by the failure of its parliament to elect a president. And the current betting is that the winner will be a leftist coalition called Syriza, which rejects the austerity conditions imposed on Greece by European bankers in exchange for loans. While some center-right observers are predicting doom for the Eurozone if Syriza wins, others view that possibility as leading not a “Grexit” from the Euro but instead a gradual abandonment of a failed austerity regime for the continent.

What we are not hearing a lot of is reports from the horse’s mouth. So it’s a good time to read or re-read Paul Glastris’ interview with Syriza leader Alexis Tsipras in the March/April 2013 issue of the Washington Monthly, when Tsipras was in Washington in order “to show we have no horns.”

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Ed Kilgore

Ed Kilgore is a political columnist for New York and managing editor at the Democratic Strategist website. He was a contributing writer at the Washington Monthly from January 2012 until November 2015, and was the principal contributor to the Political Animal blog.