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Golden Dawn or Democratic Sunset: The Rise of the Far Right in Greece


This essay traces the history of the Far Right in Greece, which is on the rise again almost four decades after the collapse of the military junta that ruled the Mediterranean country from 1967 to 1974. The author examines how the Golden Dawn party capitalized on Greek citizens’ anxieties brought about by economic crisis, illegal immigration issues, high unemployment rates, increases in crime, anti-austerity public sentiments, and the uncertainty over the country’s future to become, in just a few years, a formidable political party in Greece.