The Greek Left: 1989 –-2008

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Summary

The fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 finds the Greek left unified as the Synaspismos Party (the Coalition of the Left). But divisions and mistrust linger. The two historic leaders, Charilaos Florakis and Leonidas Kirkos have ceded their positions to Aleka Papariga and Maria Damanaki, and the first clouds do not take long to appear. “They were ready to leave,” Papariga tells The New Files about Maria Damanaki and Mimi Androulakis who were cast out at the dramatic Central Committee conference which led to the second major break-up of the Communist Party of Greece (KKE) in 1991. “I did everything I could to defuse the tensions,” Maria Damanaki responds to Sofia Papaioannou. In this major report, The New Files examine the causes and consequences of the left’s second major break-up, speaking, among others, to former Synaspismos leader Nikos Constantopoulos.

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