President Barack Obama meets Greek Prime Minister

Tsipras himself won elections last year on what critics say was a populist platform, though one on the left of the political spectrum. He pushed his formerly small radical left party onto the forefront of Greece’s tumultuous political scene by telling Greeks weary from six years of financial crisis and falling living standards that he would reject austerity measures imposed in return for the country’s bailouts.
But after the near collapse of negotiations with Greece’s creditors  other European countries using the euro currency, and the International Monetary Fund  Tsipras performed a political about-face, signing up to a new bailout and more austerity to prevent his country being forced out of the euro.

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