“We Want To Show We Have No Horns”

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, a Monthly contributing editor, is a columnist for the Daily Intelligencer, New York magazine’s politics blog, and the managing editor for the Democratic Strategist.