A Critical Analysis of the Greek Referendum of July 2015

  • Yannis Sygkelos
On 27 June 2015, after five months of politics of brinkmanship in negotiations with the European Union / European Central Bank / International Monetary Fund (EU/ECB/IMF) troika, Alexis Tsipras, the Prime Minister of the unusual coalition government of the left-wing Coalition of the Radical Left (Synaspismos Rizospastikis Aristeras, SYRIZA) and the far-right Independent Greeks (Aneksartitoi Ellines, ANEL), all of a sudden, proclaimed a referendum, to be held on 5 July 2015. Apart from the post-junta referendum of 1974 on Republic, all other six referendums held in Greece during the 20th century were conducted in conditions of political turmoil, chaos and, in most of the cases, extensive electoral fraud.