Call to recognise Greece's role in refugee crisis

  • The Guardian reported on Sunday that a number of leading academics are planning to make a submission for the people of the Greek Islands, where so many of the more than one million migrants and refugees who travelled to Europe by sea in 2015 arrived, to be nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. 
  • A petition calling for the nomination, which has almost 300,000 online signatures, says the islanders should be recognised 'for treating those in danger with humanity, and for setting an example for the rest of the world to follow'. *

  • UN data shows that 856,723 of the 1,015,078 people who travelled to Europe via the Mediterranean in 2015 arrived first on Greek territory. 

Syriza victorious in Greece's general election

Syriza (145 MPs) and Independent Greeks (10 MPs) to form government


  • Syriza won with 35% of the votes. 

  • Alexis Tsipras will return as Prime Minister after resigning in late August. 

  • The far right Golden Dawn party finished 3rd with a 6.99% vote share.

  • Turnout was just 56.5%.


Seats breakdown

Share breakdown

Turnout trends

Syriza support falls as Greek question decision to hold early elections

  • A poll published by Greek news provider Efimerida ton Syntakton showed support for Alexis Tsipras' Syriza party has fallen since the last survey conducted by ProRata in July

  • Yesterday, Vassiliki Thanou, the president of Greece's Supreme Court, was sworn is as prime minister in a caretaker capacity. 

  • Ms. Thanou had to take up the post because Greece's political parties could not agree a deal to form a coalition government after Mr. Tsipras resigned late last week.