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Political Parties of Greece 2024

Greek politics are volatile in a way that would seem unfamiliar to the United States and even the United Kingdom. With parties gaining and receding according to a combination of policy and personalities, and parties splitting and merging at times, the established political landscape of Greece is slightly less about parties and more about long-standing political ideas and perhaps most of all, personalities and political families.

A list of the current and recent political parties of Greece

  1. New Democracy (ND) - Νέα Δημοκρατία: A center-right party that has enjoyed a often wide-margin of popular support through the last couple of election cycles, is often associated with conservative and liberal ideologies, though the argument has been made that ND has become a "catch-all" for centrist Greeks. The current leader of the party is Kyriakos Mitsotakis.

  2. SYRIZA - Coalition of the Radical Left (ΣΥΡΙΖΑ): A left-wing political party that played a significant role for recovery during the economic collapse that began in 2009, and was the center of anti-austerity measures, official and unofficial, and the pursuit of social justice beliefs. The party was led by Alexis Tsipras, born 1974 in Athens, and currently led by Stefanos Kasselakis, a Greek businessman born 1988 in Marousi, Greece. SYRIZA was in power from January 2015 until defeat in electoral snap election in September 2019.

  3. PASOK - Panhellenic Socialist Movement (ΠΑΣΟΚ): Historically a center-left party, PASOK has long been a major political force in Greece. However, it has faced challenges in recent years and had spent years overshadowed by SYRIZA, but that has changed recently and it is still to be determined whether PASOK or SYRIZA will ultimately have the main role of opposition to the domination of New Democracy in future elections. The current leader for PASOK is Nikos Androulakis.

  4. The Communist Party of Greece (KKE) - Κομμουνιστικό Κόμμα Ελλάδας: A far-left political party dedicated to traditional Marxist-Leninist ideology. It formed originally in 1918 as the Socialist Labour Party of Greece but altered its name in November 1924. The party receives a certain level of support in Greece regardless of the ups-and-downs of the other political forces around it, and is reliable in its steady adherence to its long-rooted program of traditional 20th century communism.

  5. Golden Dawn (Chrysi Avgi) - Χρυσή Αυγή: A far-right political party that has been banned from the polls, but still gains support from Greeks reacting to its nationalist and anti-immigrant positions. It is also defined as a party of "ultranationalism." A number of its past members and leadership are in jail.

  6. To Potami (The River) - Το Ποτάμι: A centrist political party from 2014.

  7. Greek Solution (Elliniki Lysi) - Ελληνική Λύση: A right-wing political party founded in 2019.

  8. MeRA25 - DiEM25's electoral wing: An anti-austerity party that is aligned usually with the DiEM25 movement. It is led by former SYRIZA celebrity Yanis Varoufakis.

  9. Ecologist Greens (Oikologoi Prasinoi): A political party that is reflective of other European "green" parties.

Some of the past political parties of Greece:

Centre Union - New Forces (Greek: Ένωσις Κέντρου-Νέες Δυνάμεις)

Democratic Alignment (Greek: Δημοκρατική Παράταξη, Δ.Π.)

Democratic Alliance (Greek: Δημοκρατική Συμμαχία, ΔΗ.ΣΥ.)

Democratic Left (Greek: Δημοκρατική Αριστερά, ΔΗΜ.ΑΡ.)

Democratic Renewal (Greek: Δημοκρατική Ανανέωση, DH.ANA)

Democratic Responsibility (Greek: Δημοκρατική Ευθύνη, DHM.E.

Drassi (Greek: Δράση)

Drachmi Greek Democratic Movement

Greek Left (Greek: Ελληνική Αριστερά)

Hellenic Front (Greek: Ελληνικό Μέτωπο)

Hellenic Women's Political Party (Greek: Κόμμα Ελληνίδων Γυναικών)

Left Radical Movement (Greek: Αριστερή Ριζοσπαστική Κίνηση)

Liberal Alliance (Greek: Φιλελεύθερη Συμμαχία)

Liberal Democratic Union-Socialist Party (Greek: Φιλελεύθερη Δημοκρατική Ένωση-Σοσιαλιστικό Κόμμα, Φ.Δ.Ε.-Σ.Κ.)

Liberal Party (Κόμμα Φιλελευθέρων)

The Liberals (Greek: Οι Φιλελεύθεροι)

Movement of Free Citizens (Greek: Κίνημα Ελευθέρων Πολιτών, Κ.Ε.Π.)

Movement for a United Communist Party of Greece (Greek: Κίνηση για Ενιαίο, ΚΚΕ)

National Alignment (Greek: Εθνική Παράταξις, Ε.Π.)

National Creation (Greek: Εθνική Δημιουργία)

National Democratic Union (Greek: Εθνική Δημοκρατική Ένωσις)

National Political Union (Greek: Εθνική Πολιτική Ένωσις, Ε.Π.ΕΝ.)

National Popular Consciousness (Greek: Eθνική Λαϊκή Συνείδηση, Ε.ΛΑ.ΣΥΝ.)

New Reformist Radical Reconstruction (Greek: Νέα Μεταρρυθμιστική Ριζοσπαστική Ανασυγκρότηση)

Organisation of Communists Marxists-Leninists of Greece (Greek: Οργάνωση Κομμουνιστών Μαρξιστών-Λενινιστών Ελλάδας, ΟΚΜΛΕ)

Panhellenic Macedonian Front (Greek: Πανελλήνιο Μακεδονικό Μέτωπο)

Party of Democratic Socialism (Greek: Κόμμα του Δημοκρατικού Σοσιαλισμού, ΚΟΔΗΣΟ)

Party of Hellenism (Greek: Κόμμα Ελληνισμού)

Party of New Liberals (Greek: Kόμμα των Nεοφιλελευθέρων, K.N.)

Patriotic Alliance (Greek: Πατριωτική Συμμαχία)

Peoples Democratic Unity

Political Spring (Greek: Πολιτική Άνοιξη)

Popular Union of Bipartisan Social Groups (Greek: Λαϊκές Ενώσεις Υπερκομματικών Κοινωνικών Ομάδων)

Progress and Left Forces Alliance (Greek: Συμμαχία Προοδευτικών και Αριστερών Δυνάμεων)

Progressive Party (Greek: Προοδευτικόν Κόμμα, Π.Κ.)

Front Line (Greek: Πρώτη Γραμμή)

Radical Left Front (Greek: Μέτωπο Ριζοσπαστικής Αριστεράς)

Radical Movement of Social Democratic Alliance (Greek: Ριζοσπαστική Κίνηση Σοσιαλδημοκρατικής Συμμαχίας)

Radical National Rally (Greek: Ριζοσπαστικός Εθνικός Συναγερμός)

Renewing Communist Ecological Left (Greek: Ανανεωτική Κομμουνιστική Οικολογική Αριστερά)

Reformers for Democracy and Development (Μεταρρυθμιστές της Αριστεράς για τη Δημοκρατία και την Ανάπτυξη)

Republican Union (Greek: Δημοκρατική Ένωσις, Δ.Ε.)

Revolutionary Communist Party of Greece (Greek: Επαναστατικό Κουμουνιστικό Κόμμα 'Ελλάδος)

Society – Political Party of the Successors of Kapodistrias (Greek: Κοινωνία - Πολιτική παράταξη συνεχιστών του Καποδίστρια)

Union for the Homeland and the People (Greek: Ένωση για την Πατρίδα και τον Λαό)

Teleia (Greek: Τελεία) eia (Liberalism) (2014–2017)

The River (Greek: Το Ποτάμι)

Unitary Front (Greek: Ενωτική Κίνηση)

United Democratic Left (Greek: Ενιαία Δημοκρατική Αριστερά)

United Left (Greek: Ενωμένη Αριστερά)

United Nationalist Movement (Greek: Ενιαίο Εθνικιστικό Κίνημα, ΕΝ.Ε.Κ.)

United Socialist Alignment of Greece (Greek: Ενιαία Σοσιαλιστική Παράταξη Ελλάδας, Ε.Σ.Π.Ε.)

Golden Dawn (Greek: Λαϊκός Σύνδεσμος – Χρυσή Αυγή)




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