Old and new causes at play as far-right makes return in Greece

An Orthodox Christian monk, opponent of the Prespes Agreement, draped in a Greek flag and holding another one, participates in a protest rally, as riot police officers guard the Greek Parliament, in Athens, January 25, 2019. Analysts say the deal, which settled the decades-long 'Macedonia' name dispute, was key to boosting Greece's far-right parties. [AP]

New Democracy's strategy of capitalizing on sensitive political issues that appeal to far-right audiences during Greece's general election, where the conservatives achieved a landslide victory over their leftist rivals, also fueled the rise of fringe parties, according to political analysts. However, the reasons for the increase in support for these smaller groupings are more extensive and structural, implying deeper underlying causes for their popularity.

The June 25 election witnessed the entrance of three far-right parties into Parliament, including the Spartiates (Spartans), a reincarnation of the Golden Dawn group previously under the political radar until its endorsement from the imprisoned frontman of the now-defunct neo-Nazi organization, Ilias Kasidiaris. Along with the pro-Russian Greek Solution and the ultra-Orthodox Niki (Victory) parties, the far-right secured...

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