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Is the Tsipras era coming to an end?

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Is the Tsipras era coming to an end?

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Voters in Greece punished Alexis Tsipras's centre-left ruling party Syriza in the European elections: it secured only 23.7 percent of the vote, trailing far behind the centre-right opposition party Nea Dimokratia with its 33.3 percent. Chrissi Wilkens, euro|topics' correspondent in Greece, talks about the hopes and woes of the Greek people.

There is a lot of pressure on Alexis Tsipras after the rebuff his party suffered in the European election and the local election. (© picture-alliance, SOPA Images via ZUMA Wire)

Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has called for a snap election after his party suffered a heavy defeat in both the European Parliament elections and the first round of local elections held on the same day. The vote is to take place on 7 July.

Polls show Nea Dimokratia clearly in the lead, but whether it will be able to gain an absolute majority remains unclear.

Euro|topics correspondent Chrissi Wilkens explains in a video why the Greeks castigated Tsipras and his party at the polls and what they are pinning their hopes on now.

Why did the Greeks punish Syrizia in the European elections?