Greece’s elections on Sunday brought a conservative majority — and seats in parliament for three far-right parties. With the collapse of the left-wing alternative to austerity, neofascist and ultra-Orthodox groups are pulling Greece to the right.
Moira Lavelle is an independent reporter based in Athens, Greece. She covers migration, borders, gender, and politics.
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