Far right party could establish significant presence in Greek politics

In the midst of the Greek economic crisis, Golden Dawn, an extremist political party, won 18 parliamentary seats in last year's Greek parliamentary elections.

Golden Dawn’s ‘violent tactics’ have allowed the party to establish an anti-system and anti-immigrant profile. The party has received waves of both negative and favourable publicity, from the televised assault by MP Kasidiaris on two female parliamentary candidates last June, to more positive coverage about the party’s ‘social work’.

This article sketches the historical trajectory of the Greek far right, examines the ideological, organisational and voter profile of Golden Dawn, and offers possible explanations for its breakthrough in the 2012 elections.

Could Golden Dawn sustain and extend its initial electoral gains and establish a permanent presence in the Greek party system?

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