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Alexis Tsipras has moved away from his previous anti-austerity platform. Managing Greece's bailout and the refugee crisis have emerged as top priorities.
Former Prime Minister Tsipras is now seen as one who could offer Greece the stability it needs to move beyond its political and financial crises.
It used to be mostly single men traveling through the Balkans to reach Europe, but not any more.
Though refugees are genuinely welcomed by many in Europe, there is a strong undercurrent against open-door policies, even in Germany.
Countries like Hungary and Greece do not have a history of volunteerism. But many have stepped forward to help amid a lack of state aid.
The photo depicting Alan Kurdi, a 3-year-old Syrian refugee, lying dead in the Turkish surf has spurred a European urgency that reports of hundreds of other deaths did not.
Europe is struggling with the greatest mass-movement of people across its borders since World War II. And the crisis has exposed the limitations and gaps in its immigration system.
Prime Minister Alexander Tsipras proved unable to get a better deal from Europe's creditors, and ultimately signed a bailout more bruising than the one he promised to reject. Yet there is no politician more popular in Greece.
Thousands of refugees travel each day through Macedonia, so much so that authorities declared a state of emergency on Thursday. So some Macedonians are offering aid of their own accord.
Podemos may be the best chance for the stumbling anti-austerity far left to get their message heard once again at Europe's highest levels.
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