Alexis Tsipras: PM locked in an endless Greek drama

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, pictured on June 27, 2015, resigned on August 20 calling for snap electionsPrime Minister Alexis Tsipras knew all too well that Greece’s huge bailout would appall many in his radical leftist party — but now the hard-fought rescue has cost him his government. Tsipras, who resigned Thursday calling for snap elections, had swept to power in January vowing an end to the deep and painful spending cuts demanded by Greece’s creditors in exchange for 240 billion euros of financial aid since 2010. Then, after months of bitter negotiations with the creditors, he reluctantly signed his debt-crippled government up to more of the same tough reforms — despite having earlier convinced Greeks to reject such measures in a referendum.

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