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Independent Greeks: Who are Syriza’s right-wing coalition partners and what do they want?

Socialist party Syriza might have won a surprising victory in Greece’s elections but it will only be able to govern with the help of the Independent Greeks, an unlikely coalition partner described by some as the country’s equivalent of Ukip.

Who are the Independent Greeks?

The party was founded in early 2012 by leader Panos Kammenos, Greece’s former shipping minister who defected from the centre-right New Democracy party along with several fellow MPs.

Its founding declaration vowed to end the “national humiliation and violent economic attack” on Greece in measures imposed by the European Commission, European Central Bank, and International Monetary Fund.

The party immediately took a socially right-wing stance, supporting patriotism and the role of the Greek Orthodox Church in family life and education.

The Independent Greeks vocally oppose immigration and multiculturalism, emphasising the importance of “Greek history and culture”.

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