Greece’s Tsipras calls snap election after EU poll drubbing
Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras called a snap general election after his leftist Syriza party suffered a severe beating in Sunday’s European and regional elections. Preliminary results showed that Syriza has won only about 24 percent of the vote in the European Parliament election, while the opposition New Democracy party won 33 percent. Tsipras, who swept to power on an anti-austerity platform in 2015, admitted that the “outcome was not up to our expectations.” Earlier in the evening, ND leader Kyriakos Mitsotakis had called for a general election, saying that Greece is undergoing a wholesale changing of the order in European and regional polls that were held simultaneously on Sunday. Economic and nationalist issues played a major role in the run-up to the elections. In his campaign, Mitsotakis had pledged to offer tax breaks to property owners and cut families financial slack and to restore the Greek presence within the Mediterranean and the world. Mistsotakis also claims that the people of Greece will use these elections to use their voice within the European Union.