Greek polls frontrunner says win will start leftist change in Europe

Alexis Tsipras, leader of the radical leftist party Syriza, delivers a speech during a congress of the party in Athens, on January 3, 2015The Greek left-wing leader ahead in polls before upcoming elections said Saturday his party’s victory would start “necessary change” in Europe and stressed he would end austerity policies. He named Spain, where the leftist Podemos party has led in polls ahead of elections later this year, and Ireland as countries that could follow. The European Union and the International Monetary Fund have overseen two massive international bailouts for Greece after its debt crisis nearly brought down the eurozone.

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