SYRIZA’s major victory against New Democracy and Golden Dawn’s ascent to the third political force in Greece were main issues in the German press covering the European elections.
The Die Welt newspaper claimed that “Greece is ungovernable” now that “the radicals won”, arguing that the radical left manage to secure victory in Greece by resorting to populism. Furthermore, the ascent of the neo-Nazi party as third political power makes the country ungovernable, according to the author.
Meanwhile the Bonn-based General-Anzeiger claimed that the victories of SYRIZA in Greece and Marine Le Pen’s Front National in France are “national catastrophes”.
For Deutsche Welle the radical left party’s win may put the recovery efforts in serious jeopardy, since voters in Greece have become skeptical of the European Union.
Finally Bild’s front page of “Top und Flopp” suggested that Antonis Samaras was amongst the losers of Sunday’s vote, noting that it the results will make it more difficult for him to implement austerity measures and reforms.