Hugo Dixon is Editor-at-Large, Reuters News and the founder of Reuters Breakingviews. He is also the author of "The In/Out Question: Why Britain Should Stay in the EU and Fight to Make it Better." Before founding Breakingviews in 1999, which he edited until 2012, Hugo spent 13 years at the Financial Times, the last five as Head of Lex. He began his journalistic career at the Economist. Hugo is also a budding philosopher. Follow him on twitter: @hugodixon
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A resounding election victory for the radical left party has pushed Greece closer to quitting the euro zone. But Syriza should be able to cut a deal with the country’s European creditors to avoid bankruptcy – provided both sides are rational.
If Syriza wins the coming election, the radical-left group will have to come to terms with the country’s euro zone creditors rapidly. Otherwise, by end-February, the state’s cash will run out and the ECB will no longer provide a lifeline to Greek banks, maybe triggering panic.
Athens has entered a period of political instability, which could lead to an election won by Syriza. This radical left group’s policies could prompt Greece’s exit from the euro if fully implemented. But this is unlikely, as Syriza will struggle to execute its plan.
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