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Meet Alexis Tsipras, The Youthful Greek Leader Who Terrifies The European Financial Elite

• businessinsider.com AP
 

During high school, he was a leader in a student protest against education reform that shook the conservative government of the early 1990s, appearing on television as a confident 16-year-old spokesman for the movement.

Two decades later, he's rattling Europe and the world economy as he campaigns to become Greece's next leader with a simple if startling pledge: to tear up a multibillion-euro international agreement that bailed out Greece as it hurtled toward bankruptcy.
The extreme left-wing Tsipras believes the budget-cutting imposed on Greece, which is suffering through its fifth year of recession and an unemployment rate nearly 22 percent, should be cancelled. Global financial markets are on tenterhooks over a possible victory by the tough-talking 37-year-old, who dresses casually and has a portrait of the Argentine revolutionary Che Guevara on his office wall.

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Comment by Anon Patriot
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Too bad we don't have someone as young as this guy, running for Prez of the United States!


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