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Video: Greece's Syriza party carries hopes of European far left

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Video by Nathalie SAVARICAS

Text by FRANCE 24

Latest update : 2014-05-23

Far-left political parties in Europe are hoping Greece’s surging Syriza party will lead them to a breakthrough at the EU Parliament in Sunday’s elections.

Syriza candidates reached the second round in four of Greece’s 13 regions in local elections last week, and are hoping to claim the largest share of votes in Sunday’s European ballot.

Far-left parties in Europe currently hold just 35 seats in the European Parliament, or 4.5 percent of the total in the 571-seat assembly.

Led by parties like Greece’s Syriza and Germany’s Die Linke, they are now tipped to double their presence in Strasbourg.

Syriza has benefited from the popularity of its firebrand leader Alexis Tsipras.

But critics have accused the party of pursuing a populist agenda, and warned that it could push for Greece's exit from the eurozone, Europe's single-currency union.

To watch FRANCE 24’s full report on the Syriza party’s European election campaign, click on the player above.

Date created : 2014-05-23

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