Reuters: The new Greek government's anti-bailout stance has sent shudders through much of Europe but Germany's euroskeptic AfD party can hardly believe its good fortune ahead of a regional election as a breakup of the euro zone suddenly appears possible.
Syriza, which took power last week, rejects German-led austerity. That could boost the Alternative for Germany (AfD), set up in 2013 to tap anger over bailouts. The mood at an AfD congress in Bremen was ebullient as many talked of a 'Grexit'.
"We all obviously want Greece to leave the euro zone," AfD founder Bernd Lucke told Reuters. "Now we're a bit more hopeful that this could even come true." A central element in the policy stance of the AfD is the need to break up the euro zone, which it sees as the only way to solve Europe's economic problems. Some members talk about splitting the euro zone into northern and southern blocs.
Lucke said of the new prime minister Alexis Tsipras: "I'm thankful to this socialist troublemaker for standing up and showing everyone that the euro zone doesn't work."IF AFD DOES WELL, THEN THIS WILL BOOST ALL THE OTHER EUROSKEPTIC PARTIES.
THEN THERE IS REAL REASON TO BE HOPEFUL FOR EUROPE.