Greece: Winds off Allagi

Papandreou would end an era

In the slums of Piraeus and the village cafes of Crete, in shipowners' salons and bouzouki bars, one word pulsates across Greece like the rhythm of a sirtaki dance: allagi (change). Many Greeks are passionately frightened of allagi, others are hoping for it, and a vast number do not know quite how to feel about the prospect. Six million voters will decide the issue on Oct. 18, when they either reconfirm the conservative New Democracy Party that has ruled Greece for seven years or bring to power the first Socialist —and openly anti-American—government since the...

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