Following a rise in xenophobic sentiment in the country, a far-right party with links to Greece’s own neo-nazi party is set to become the fourth-largest in the disputed island.
The landmark ruling follows a five-year trial of top officials, members and supporters of Golden Dawn, an organisation founded as a neo-Nazi group in the 1980s that rose to become Greece’s third-largest political during the 2008 financial crisis.
It's unlikely that with the fall of one Neo-Nazi party, the deeply entrenched far-right sentiment will be completely expunged from the country.
In a bid to continue stoking anti-immigrant views at home, white supremacists throughout Europe have made Greece the frontline in their activism.
Far-right groups and commentators are taking advantage of the refugee crisis on the Turkey-Greece border to establish patrols, cite comparisons with Biblical times and pledge solidarity with Greek border guards.
The far-right party linked to a string of murders and other violent acts once enjoyed considerable success at the ballot box.
The once feared neo-fascist party, whose supporters have long been associated with attacks on migrants and minorities, failed to secure the minimum threshold to enter the Greek parliament.
"Greek people gave us a strong mandate to change Greece. We will honour it to the fullest," Kyriakos Mitsotakis says after taking his oath of office in a televised ceremony.
Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras announces early polls following his party suffers a major loss in European Parliament elections, saying the result does not rise to the expectation.
Monitoring group says racist hate crimes have gone up 14 percent, with members of the far-right Golden Dawn movement often responsible.
Lawmakers will debate the draft name-change deal between Greece and Macedonia on Wednesday and Thursday before the vote as the country witnesses deep social division and protests over the issue.
Greece's top court is currently investigating claims that the Golden Dawn, a far-right group and the country's third-largest party, is behind attacks on refugees and migrants in Athens.
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