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Greek election: politics to shock more than awe

Ahead of the Greek vote on Jan 25, it is up to the politicians, not the European Central Bank, to take concrete action if any.

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Riot police walking past tourists outside the parliament building in Athens, Greece, on Dec 29, 2014. Greece faces snap elections on Jan 25 after Prime Minister Antonis Samaras failed in his third and final attempt to persuade parliament to back his candidate for head of state.

THE Greek general election on Jan 25 looks like a referendum on Greece's membership of the euro. If the Greeks vote for radical left-wing Syriza and its leader Alex Tsipras, a new anti-austerity government could eventually take Greece out of the Economic and Monetary Union (EMU). Alternatively,