Greek Leftist Leader Alexis Tsipras 'It's in Europe's Interest to Lift the Austerity Diktat'

Alexis Tsipras, head of the leftist Syriza party, wants an end to austerity in Greece. Ahead of Greek general elections in mid-June, he speaks with SPIEGEL about the dangers his country poses to the euro, the failure of economization measures thus far and why Chancellor Angela Merkel would be to blame if the Greek economy collapses.
Syriza head Alexis Tsipras: "We'll do everything we can so that Greece can retain the euro."

Syriza head Alexis Tsipras: "We'll do everything we can so that Greece can retain the euro."

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Translated from the German by Josh Ward