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Live Reporting

Paul Harrison, Laurence Peter, Thom Poole, Patrick Jackson and Camila Ruz

All times stated are UK

  1. Post update

    Which brings us to the end of our coverage of the day the leader of the far-left Syriza party, Alexis Tsipras, was sworn-in as Greek prime minister. He has successfully formed a coalition with another anti-austerity party, Independent Greeks. European countries have said they are ready to work with the new Greek government, but some - notably Germany - have warned that Greece will be held to previous financial commitments. We will continue to bring you the news from Greece as Mr Tsipras attempts to honour his election pledges - our latest story is here.

    Greek radical left SYRIZA leader and newly sworn-in Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras arrives at his offices
  2. Greek problems 'haven't disappeared'

    More from the Eurogroup media conference. The organisation's chairman, Jeroen Dijsselbloem said the group was "very motivated" to work with the new Greek government. But he added: "We all have to realise and the Greek people have to realise that the major problems in the Greek economy have not disappeared and haven't even changed overnight because of the simple fact that an election took place."

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    Pierre Moscovici, EU Commissioner for Economic Affairs

    Here is some of what Commissioner Moscovici said at the Eurogroup media conference.

    "We want a Greece that can stand on its own feet again. We want a Greece that can grow sustainably, create jobs, prosperity for all its people, to reduce inequalities. We also want a Greece that can repay its debts. And what we need to agree upon with the incoming Greek government is not the ends, but the means."

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    Senior figures from the Eurogroup - the finance ministers of the Eurozone - are holding a media conference after talks dominated by Syriza's victory in Greece.

    Members of the Eurogroup hold a media conference
  5. 'Still some leeway'

    Ireland's finance minister believes Greece's debt could be made more affordable. Speaking after a meeting of euro zone finance chiefs, Michael Noonan said there was a willingness to engage with the new government but most ministers would like to protect the money they had already lent. "The solution for Greece's debt problem is a new arrangement on the length of their loans and the interest rates to be paid and there is still some leeway even though these have been adjusted before," Mr Noonan told Irish broadcaster RTE.

  6. 'Giving an answer'

    Allowing Greece concessions in debt negotiations could set an unhelpful precedent, says Norbert Roettgen, an MP with the CDU party, part of the governing coalition in Germany. But Mr Roettgen, chair of the Foreign Affairs Committee in the Bundestag, said: "We have to deal with economic frustrations, we have to deal with protests and we have to give an answer."

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    It appears news of Syriza's historic election victory is yet to reach the official Greek prime minister's Twitter account, which still shows the previous man in charge, Antonis Samaras.

    A screen grab of the official Greek Prime Minister's twitter feed
  8. What does Greece have to pay?

    Greece has about €20bn (£15bn; $22.5bn) of debt to repay this year, according to the Greek finance ministry - see the top chart on page four of this document, headed "redemption schedule". Raoul Ruparel, head of economic research at Open Europe think-tank, told the BBC that maturing bonds worth about €6.5bn would have to be paid off to the European Central Bank (ECB) in July and August. Less worrying for the new government are the T-bills (€4bn), that is, short-term debt that can usually be rolled over. About €9bn in loans also has to be repaid - spread quite evenly through the year. That is loan repayments to the IMF and ECB, including interest on the current bailout money. The bailout expires at the end of February, so Syriza will have to start negotiating fast.

    Euro bills - file pic
  9. International Monetary Fund

    tweets: (Organisation chief Christine) Lagarde: we stand ready to continue supporting Greece; look forward to discussions with new government

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    Alexis Tsipras has met the leader of the centrist party The River, Stavros Theodorakis. The party, which won 17 seats in the election, said on Sunday it would be open to supporting a Syriza government but ruled out a formal coalition.

    Greece"s newly-appointed Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras meets with Greek centrist party To Potami (River) leader Stavros Theodorakis
  11. Must keep promises - Hollande

    Greece must keep its promises on debt repayments, French President Francois Hollande says. "Commitments have been made and they must be honoured," he told a news conference in Paris.

  12. 'Slap in the face'

    There's been more positive reaction to Syriza's victory from other anti-austerity parties in Europe. Matteo Alvini, the head of the Northern League in Italy, described the result as a slap in the face to the "European Soviet Union of the euro", unemployment and the banks. Portugal's Socialist Party said it was another sign of the failure of austerity.

  13. 'Let them go'

    What if the Greeks did want to leave the eurozone? Michael Fuchs, a German MP with Chancellor Merkel's CDU party, was blunt, saying the EU could cope.

    "Let them go. The situation is not like it (was) three years ago. You have to see we have now the banking union available, we have the European Stability Mechanism available, so we are not so much worried anymore. And all the countries are in a much better condition. You see Portugal is not under any regime any more. Ireland - already safe. So the situation is completely different than three years (ago). Blackmailing doesn't work."

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    Athens saw some dramatic weather today as Mr Tsipras was sworn in.

    Lightning strikes over buildings at central Syntagma square during heavy rainfall in Athens
    Dark clouds gather above the Parthenon Temple
  15. Another sign of EU flexibility?

    Olli Rehn, the Finnish ex-EU commissioner who was a key player in the Greek bailout deal, says the debt repayment deadlines could be extended. "Every state is expected to respect its commitments," he told the BBC. He went on: "This means we expect that Greece will pay back its debts, even if there would be an extension of all maturities." He pointed out that the UK did not finish paying off its World War Two debts to the US until 2006. "So quite long maturities are not so exceptional in economic relations," he explained.

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    Andrew Huzar tweets: So far, the markets have yawned. But who ultimately has the upper hand? The creditor (#Germany) or the debtor (#Greece)?

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    This is Mr Tsipras arriving at the Maximos Mansion, the Greek Prime Minister"s official residence in Athens.

    Greece"s Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras waves to the members of media as he arrives at Maximos Mansion, the Greek Prime Minister
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    Pierre Moscovici, EU Commissioner for Economic Affairs

    This Eurogroup has to give a strong signal that we want to start discussing with the new government, that we fully recognise the clarity and legitimacy of the new government after the choice of the voters yesterday, that we will also have to work on the basis of the commitments taken, knowing that the European Union has been sitting beside the Greek people. And of course the Union and the Commission, in particular, is willing to continue being at the side of the Greek people."

    EU Commissioner for Economic Affairs Pierre Moscovici
  19. Why aren't markets panicking?

    Syriza's victory brings the possibility of a Greek exit from the euro. So why have the markets, which normally hate uncertainty, not panicked? The BBC's Economics Editor, Robert Peston, suggests they "believe reason will prevail, and Berlin will sanction a write-off of Greece's excessive debts".

    A stock exchange in Frankfurt, Germany
  20. Get invovled

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    Matto Bencic tweets: The #EU should see #Greece as a great opportunity to reform its austerity measures and find shared beneficial policies #EUnited #Syriza

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    Kirk Kus tweets: Left-Wing Syriza form a collation with Right-Wing Ind. Greeks. Is it the question now, right vs wrong not right vs left ? #greeceElections

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    Lida Far tweets: #Greece has thrown EU estab'ment a curve ball whilst lowering lifeline to majority of ordinary joes ravaged by austerity. #InterestingTimes

  23. New-look Greek parliament

    Election results
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    Lots of journalists at the scene have been pointing out that the weather has been less-than-welcoming to the new Greek government. Here is the ancient Parthenon temple illuminated in the rain.

    The ancient Parthenon temple is illuminated as raindrops fall during a storm in Athens, Monday
  25. Get involved


    Christopher Baulcombe from Bournemouth emails: EU 'leaders', please respect Greece's democratic decision. After all, this government has been elected through a democratic process, not a backroom deal, which is the norm for EU leadership.

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    Megan from Cheshire emails: What is the point of eurozone finance ministers meeting to discuss Greece before the new Greek government has had time to appoint a finance minister to represent them at the meeting?

  27. EU: 'We have our rules'

    Jean-Claude Juncker, European Commission President

    We have our rules, and our rules were established through a common agreement with the Greek authorities. We are going to see what the demands of the new Greek government will be, we will discuss them as we discuss them with all governments. Independently of its composition, the choice of the Greek electorate is not the responsibility of the Commission, but the Commission works with all governments which are put in place. I am not particularly nervous."

    European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker
  28. German angst

    Compromising with Syriza over Greece's colossal debts would be very difficult for German politicians, says Charles Grant, director of the Centre for European Reform. Why? "They have failed to explain to the German people that the euro benefits their country enormously, and that some generosity to Greece is a small price to pay for these benefits," he writes on the IPPR think tank website.

  29. Nick Malkoutzis, Kathimerini English

    tweets: Tsipras's first meeting with a foreign ambassador since being elected Greek PM was with Russia's Andrey Maslov

  30. 'Prior commitments'

    Steffen Seibert, German government spokesman

    The German government will offer its help to the future government of Greece. In the past few years Greece has gone to considerable effort to achieve substantial success in its reforms. In our view, it is important that the new government take measures so that the economic recovery continues. A part of that is Greece holding to its prior commitments and that the new government be tied in to the reform's achievements."

    Steffen Seibert, German government spokesman, pictured with Chancellor Merkel
  31. Finland signals debt flexibility

    Finland's Prime Minister Alexander Stubb has ruled out a debt write-off for Greece, but says allowing more time for debt repayments is possible. "We will not extend any debt forgiveness, but we are ready to discuss programme extensions and loan period extensions," he said, quoted by Finnish broadcaster YLE. Finland, like Germany, has been a strong advocate of budget discipline and austerity in the eurozone.

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    The French President, Francois Hollande, has invited the new Greek prime minister to visit as soon as possible. In a statement from the Elysee Palace, Mr Hollande said France would "stand by Greece during this important period for its future".

  33. First Greece, next Spain?

    Syriza's victory has been watched closely around Europe, not least in Spain where Podemos, another left-wing, anti-austerity party, hopes to win elections later this year. Party leader Pablo Iglesias, who appeared at Syriza rallies, said: "We believe Syriza's victory in Greece has also proven the failure of austerity policies. Austerity measures have not only caused great social suffering for Greeks, they have also proven to be ineffective."

    Spain"s Podemos (We can) Party secretary general Pablo Iglesias
  34. Chris Morris, BBC News

    tweets: Extraordinary skies in thunder storm over Athens at the moment. Are the neoliberal gods angry?

    Dark clouds over Athens
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    These are the papers signed by Mr Tsipras at his swearing-in ceremony.

    A presidential aide displays the papers appointing Alexis Tsipras as Greek Prime Minister
  36. Honouring war dead

    Mr Tsipras laying flowers at Kessariani war memorial

    Immediately after his swearing-in the Syriza leader, Alexis Tsipras, honoured Greek Resistance members shot by the Nazis during World War Two. Mr Tsipras wants Germany to pay war reparations to Greece, as he explained to Paul Mason in this recent Channel 4 blog.

  37. Syriza's new partner

    This man is Panos Kammenos, leader of the Independent Greeks and Syriza's new coalition partner. Both parties agree that Greece should write off some of its huge debts and roll back some of the austerity cuts. But the similarities end there - the Independent Greeks are social and political conservatives, favouring less immigration and a greater role for the Greek Orthodox Church.

    Independent Greeks leader Panos Kammenos leaves the Syriza offices after a meeting with Syriza"s leader
  38. 'Give Greece a real opportunity'

    Forgiving Greek debt would give Greece a real opportunity to restart its economy, argues Ashoka Mody of the Bruegel economic think-tank in Brussels. "The wrong answers to the Greek test have escalated the stalemate... Greek debt will eventually be written down," he writes.

  39. Markets unfazed

    The financial markets have largely shrugged off Syriza's victory, despite the party's well-publicised opposition to austerity. But Tom Elliott, from the financial advisor deVere Group, told AFP: "Investors can expect Greek-led market volatility for at least six months until a Syriza-led government is better understood."

    Financial markets on 26/01/15
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    At 40, Mr Tsipras is the youngest man to become Greek Prime Minister in 150 years.

    Alexis Tsipras at his swearing in ceremony as Greek Prime Minister
  41. Martin Schulz, President of the European Parliament

    tweets: Congrats @atsipras #Syriza - I wish a speedy formation of a government that will be constructive both internally and with its EU partners

  42. Greece 'must stick to the rules'

    More from Jeroen Dijsselbloem, head of the eurozone finance ministers' group, who has said Greece must "stick to the rules". He told a Eurogroup meeting "there is very little support for a write-off in Europe". Syriza made renegotiating Greece's multi-billion euro bailout a central campaign pledge.

    Jeroen Dijsselbloem with reporters in Brussels
  43. Risks of 'Grexit'

    Reuters News editor Hugo Dixon says "a Grexit is closer, but still not the most likely" scenario. Speaking on the BBC News Channel, he said there was a 25% chance of a Greek exit from the euro by the end of this year. He said the new government could run out of money in March and without a Syriza policy U-turn there would be a risk of default, capital controls and even reintroduction of the drachma.

  44. Greece bailout 'unviable'

    Syriza has a fully costed programme - something no Greek opposition party had in the past, says Costas Douzinas, a law professor at Birkbeck, University of London. It includes helping 300,000 poor families who lack food and heating. Speaking on the BBC News Channel, he said Greece's bailout conditions were "totally unviable - borrowing to pay off existing loans. Something has to give - but Greece's place in the euro is not threatened."

  45. Get involved

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    A.J. Darcy tweets: Fair enough, we in #Ireland made a mess of our economy, now we're paying back billions of Euro, somehow I can't see #Greece doing the same

  46. Nick Malkoutzis, Kathimerini English

    tweets: Samaras opts for symbolism by opting not to be present for the handing over of PM responsibilities to Tsipras

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    The man on the left is Greek President Karolos Papoulias, listening to Mr Tsipras giving his oath. In a break with tradition, he took a secular oath, rather than the Greek Orthodox ceremony customary for Greek prime ministers.

    Greece"s Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, right, takes a secular oath to the Greek President Karolos Papoulias at the Presidential Palace in Athens
  48. Far-right Golden Dawn marches on

    Golden Dawn rally, 2014
    Image caption: Golden Dawn rally, 2014

    How did far-right Golden Dawn manage to come third, with 6.3%, even though its leaders are in jail? It has built up a loyal following who like its anti-immigrant, anti-establishment rhetoric, experts say. Read our analysis here.

  49. Get involved


    Stuart Knowles from Warrington emails: Whilst it is understandable that the Greek people want to see some respite from austerity, where do the leaders of this anti-austerity campaign think they will get the money to service their debts, and more importantly, when? I haven't seen any credible explanation of this, and to that end I am concerned for Greece's future. The issue stems from the reason they got into debt in the first place. If they don't have the means to pay off the money they owe now, then without significant reform, how will they ever?

    It seems the leaders of this party want to test Europe's resolve when it comes to forcing them to leave the EU? I personally think it is extremely unfair to ask other countries to pick up the bill for your own mismanagement of affairs.

  50. Get involved

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    Toks tweets: Alexis Tsipras has his work cut out, the Greeks are fed up, if he doesn't deliver he will certainly not be treated kind. #greeceElections

  51. White House message

    The White House has said it is looking forward to working with the new Greek government. A statement read: "The Greek people have taken many difficult but important steps to lay the groundwork for economic recovery. As a longstanding friend and ally, the United States will continue to support their efforts and those of the international community to strengthen the foundation for Greece's long-term prosperity."

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    More pictures from Alexis Tsipras' swearing-in ceremony.

    Alexis Tsipras at his swearing in ceremony
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    Alexis Tsipras, no tie, smiles after being sworn in as Greece's new prime minister.

    Alexis Tsipras smiles after being sworn in as prime minister of Greece, 26 January
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    Maria Petrakis, Bloomberg

    tweets: Tsipras opted for civil oath to be sworn in, first time ever #interestingtimes

  55. New Greek PM

    The swearing in ceremony is complete. Alexis Tsipras vowed to uphold the constitution and serve the Greek people. Greece now has a new prime minister.

  56. Swearing in

    Syriza leader Alexis Tsipras is being sworn in as the new Greek prime minister.

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    Mr Juncker has arrived for the meeting of eurozone finance ministers in Brussels.

    European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker arrives for talks with European finance ministers at EU council headquarters in Brussels, 26 January
  58. 'Difficult negotiations'

    Andrew Walker, BBC News

    The election campaign of the victorious Syriza party revolved around the idea of ending austerity and easing the debt burden.

    It is not welcome to the country's bailout lenders, notably Germany. So we can expect the new Greek government to have difficult negotiations with the rest of the eurozone.

    Neither side really wants Greece to leave, so a compromise seems likely, but an exit is nonetheless a possibility. Syriza's victory is also a boost for anti-austerity political movements in other countries struggling to reduce government borrowing.

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    Maria Petrakis, Bloomberg

    tweets: Tsipras arrives to be sworn in. Not wearing a tie but looks dapper anyway

  60. Eurozone 'headache'

    Greek economist Dimitri Mardas says the focus for Greece's new government and its eurozone partners will be restructuring Greece's enormous public debt. Take a look at his analysis of the future of the eurozone.

  61. Juncker congratulates Tsipras

    EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker says he looks forward to working with Syriza leader Alexis Tsipras for "the benefit of the citizens of Greece and the European Union".

    In an open letter, he adds: "Promoting sustainable jobs and growth, while ensuring fiscal responsibility, is a common challenge across the European Union. The European Commission stands ready to continue assisting Greece in achieving these goals."

  62. Get involved

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    Agustin Rossi tweets: My 2 cents on #greeceElections Winning the elections was the easy part. 2) Sometimes, the revolutionary thing is making unthinkable reforms

  63. Post update

    German Foreign Office

    tweets: FM #Steinmeier on #GreeceElections: We offer cooperation, but we hope+expect that #Greece honors the commitments she set herself.

  64. Get involved


    Andrew from Greece emails: I'm 19 years old. To begin with, even though spirits are high, due to Syriza's win, uncertainty is still here. Good thing is that a proper government was created today, which means that we will not go to second elections. People are also afraid for their money, because banks run out of money. Young people are the main supporters of Syriza, but unfortunately there is a big percentage who supports Golden Dawn. Last but not least, I would like to make certain that we still believe in our European allies, that we together make plans for our recovery.

  65. Greetings from Spain

    Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy has congratulated Alexis Tsipras and said he hoped he would form a "stable" government.

    "I wish to congratulate you for Syriza's victory," he said. "I hope the election result leads to the forming of a stable government committed to the programme of European integration that Greece and Spain share."

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    Gabriele Steinhauser, The Wall Street Journal, Brussels

    tweets: One thing Greeks are definitely much faster at than Germans: building a coalition government. #competitiveness

  67. Get involved


    Ian Catterall in Plymouth emails: After living in Greece for some time with my partner, I can only congratulate the people of that country for their courage over the past few years. I hope that their future government will bring them hope.

  68. Drastic U-turn?

    At least one German newspaper seen by BBC Monitoring is wondering if Syriza leader Alexis Tsipras might have to execute a drastic U-turn after the election.

    A lead article by Christiane Schloetzer in Sueddeutsche Zeitung says: "Right until the end, Tsipras cultivated his image as a rebel. However, many of his compatriots now believe that the left-wing politician will follow his brilliant victory with what the Greeks call a 'kolotumba' - a somersault."

  69. Post update

    The German Embassy in London

    tweets: ‏Amb #Ammon: friendship & good relationship with #Greece are important. Goal of our work is to stabilise the whole eurozone, including Greece

  70. 'Syriza joy'

    The BBC's Jasmine Coleman in Athens describes how the night unfolded for Syriza party supporters:

  71. Post update

    Manfred Weber, leader of the European People's Party in the European Parliament

    tweets: Reform path in #Greece needs to be continued. Soon it will become clear that Mr Tsipras makes empty promises @EPPGroup

  72. 'Ready to work'

    Turkey's Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu says that his country is "ready to work with any government elected to power" and that the decision of the Greek people should be respected, Turkish newspaper Today's Zaman reports.

  73. 'Playing politics'

    UK opposition leader Ed Miliband says that the British government should not "play politics" and should instead work with the new Greek government.

    "Just like our elections are a matter for the people of this country, who the Greek people elect is a decision for them."

  74. Get involved

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    Axiomatic Goose tweets: @bbc_haveyoursay years after bailout Greeks see persisting stagnation, corruption & misery. It isn't surprising they want renegotiation.

  75. 'Political earthquake'

    Nick Childs

    World affairs correspondent, BBC News

    Greece and Europe have woken up to a political earthquake and are busy digesting the potential consequences. It's a dramatic change of the political guard in Greece.

    As German newspapers record Greece's dramatic shift to the left, German and EU leaders will be bracing for what will be difficult negotiations, and no doubt more turbulent times for the eurozone.

    After the celebrations of the night before, they are clearing up outside Greece's parliament. Many Greeks may see the dawn of a new hope, but many others still question what the price will be, in Greece, and beyond.

  76. Election aftermath

    With the election over, a worker dismantles the Syriza party's election kiosk in Athens. The slogan reads: "Hope is on its way."

    Worker dismantles Syriza party's election kiosk in Athens. 26 Jan 2015
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    Gabriel Gatehouse, BBC News

    tweets: Just asked Russian ambassador if Russia wld provide assistance to Greece if talks with EU/IMF break down. "That's a matter of negotiation."

  78. 'Deal with the deficit'

    UK Prime Minister David Cameron's spokeswoman says he "respects the decision of the Greek people" but adds: "Greece needs to deal with its deficit and meet its international commitments."

  79. Post update

    Derek Gatopoulos, AP journalist

    tweets: Tsipras to take secular oath. New Democracy says he's wrong to ignore tradition

  80. Get involved

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    Resender tweets: @bbc_haveyoursay The European bailout money for Greece came from European tax payers. Like Thatcher said once: "I like my money back"

  81. Eurozone warning

    Eurozone finance ministers are meeting in Brussels and Jeroen Dijsselbloem, head of the Eurogroup, has sounded another note of caution for the new Greek government.

    "Membership of the eurozone means that you comply with everything you have agreed with," he warned.

  82. Post update

    Robert Ward, editorial director of The Economist Intelligence Unit

    tweets: The danger to #EuroZone from #Grexit is not just that #Greece leaves, but that it leaves & eventually thrives.

  83. Get involved


    Adam emails: The EU bailed out Greece's broken economy with a loan of €240bn. Greece should be grateful.

  84. 'Respect commitments'

    Finland's Prime Minister Alexander Stubb says in a statement that the result of a democratic election must be respected.

    But he calls on the new Greek government to "respect the agreements and commitments that the country has made earlier".

    He also hopes that Greece will have a new government soon, as "uncertainty is always the worst option".

  85. Get involved

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    Samuel Memour tweets: For all the Greek euphoria they and the EU are in trouble. Economic ruin caused by bloated state and membership of the euro #Greece

  86. EU Commission 'ready to engage'

    The EU Commission has said that it is "ready to engage" with the new Greek government, Reuters reports.

    Spokesperson Margaritis Shinas said: "Greece has made remarkable progress in recent years and we stand ready to continue assisting Greece in addressing the remaining reform challenges."

  87. Post update

    Syed Kamall, Conservative MEP for London

    tweets: Decision of #Greece's voters must be respected but will richer eurozone countries continue bail outs if new government splashes the cash?

  88. Get involved

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    Howard Shaw tweets: #Syriza: Who'll pay bills, how long before they start running out of other people's money? love to see succeed but not optimistic #Greece

  89. Ex-leader 'punished'

    One of Greece's influential dailies, a centre-right paper Democracy, as seen by BBC Monitoring, says Sunday's results showed that the middle class was "punishing" the former government and Antonis Samara personally.

    "The negative signs were obvious long ago, but the leadership chose to turn its back on social rage," the paper says.

  90. Post update

    Mark Lowen, BBC News, Athens

    tweets: #NewDemocracy is no more. Well, its stand on Syntagma anyway... #Greece

  91. Merkel warning

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel says it is important for the new Greek government "to take action to foster Greece's continued economic recovery", her spokesman Steffen Seibert said, according to AFP.

    "That also means Greece sticking to its previous commitments."

  92. Get involved

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    Lee Burkwood tweets: .@bbc_haveyoursay pleased syriza have got in but interesting to see whether they can reverse cuts considering what eurozone leaders said

  93. No 'preferential treatment'

    EU Commissioner Guenther Oettinger has told Reuters that the new Greek government will not receive preferential treatment.

    "We have prepared the talks insofar that we can submit a new offer to Greece in March. The new government will not receive a worse but also not a better offer," he said.

    "We will treat the Greek government the same before the election and after the election."

  94. Get involved


    Tony Payne in Saffron Walden emails: We own a house in Greece. Angela Merkel is now reaping what she has sowed. Had she, and the EU, made any concessions whatever to the Greek people Mr Samaras might have won this election. Now she is faced with making far more concessions than she would have needed to prior to the election, or seeing Greece leave the EU.

  95. Media frenzy

    Independent Greeks leader Panos Kammenos was mobbed by reporters as he left the meeting with Alexis Tsipras this morning.

    Panos Kammenos mobbed by reporters as he left meeting with Alexis Tsipras. 26 Jan 2015
  96. Who's Who?

    The left-wing Syriza party and the right-wing Independent Greeks have formed a coalition. Take a look at our Who's Who story for a run-down of all of the main parties in Greece.

  97. Swearing in

    Syriza leader Alexis Tsipras will be sworn in as Greek prime minister at 14:00 GMT, AFP quotes the presidency as saying.

  98. Get involved

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    Alexandra Pascalidou tweets: Left, right, left right, left, right - Dear Greece we're following you but do you really know where you're going? #greeceElections #Greece

  99. Post update

    Paul Mason, economic editor Channel 4 News

    tweets: Syriza coalition with right wing Indy Greeks - they can't change EU migration law, but probably give them something on church / military?

  100. Greece reacts

    Monday morning's Greek newspapers were full of reaction to Syriza's election victory.

    A man reads newspapers for sale showing Alexis Tsipras's Syriza party victory in the election yesterday on 26 January 2015 in Greece
  101. Get involved

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    Ross Brannigan tweets: As bad as it sounds, one may argue Greece elections are good as testing ground for alternative policies. Risks may outweigh benefits, tho

  102. More coalition talks?

    Alexis Tsipras is also expected to meet the leader of To Potami (The River), Stavros Theodorakis, later on Monday to discuss the party supporting the coalition, Greek daily Tovima reports.

  103. Get involved

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    Alexander Jones tweets: Elections in #Greece have thrown up many questions about austerity. The reaction of the EU is crucial and will certainly set a precedent.

  104. Markets jumpy

    Reacting to the Syriza victory, the Athens stock exchange opened with a 5.5% drop on Monday, AFP news agency reports. But this later eased back to be down 1.36%.

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    Rod from Sheffield emails: I have sympathy for Greece but they got themselves in this position and should pay back the debt as agreed or pull out of Europe. They will still have to pay back the debt eventually.

  106. Post update

    Paul Mason, economics editor, Channel 4 News

    tweets: Syriza-ANEL coalition - Tsipras is constructing issue by issue coalitions. Most of what he needs to do does not happen in parliament.

  107. Post update

    Niki Kitsantonis, New York Times stringer and reporter for Greek daily Kathimerini English Edition

    tweets: So, right-wing Independent Greeks to join leftist Syriza in anti-austerity govt. Uneasy bedfellows one would think. Cabinet composition tbc.

  108. Treaties 'must stand'

    Meanwhile, one of German Chancellor Angela Merkel's Christian Democrat conservatives, Michael Grosse-Broemer, has told a German TV channel that "as soon as everyone has calmed down, they'll realise Mr Tsipras has to live in reality and has to stick to treaties signed under the former government".

    He said reforms had worked in Spain and Portugal and that the Greeks had not seen the progress that those countries had made.

  109. Post update

    Manos Giakoumis, head analyst at the Macropolis website

    tweets: Participation in #Greece elections topped 63.9% from 62.5% in June 2012.

  110. Get involved

    Tweet @bbc_haveyoursay

    James Agar tweets: #Greece leaves behinds catastrophic austerity, it leaves behind fear and authoritarianism - #Tsipras #greeceElections #Grexit

  111. German reaction

    Bernd Riexinger, co-leader of the German left-wing party Die Linke, says Syriza's victory "means the beginning of a new politics not just in Greece but in the rest of Europe".

  112. Get involved

    Tweet @bbc_haveyoursay

    Brian Susbielles tweets: Anti-austerity, Euro-sceptic parties will be inspired after seeing what Greece did. Germany/Merkel must be concerned a bit. #GreeceElections

  113. 'Vote of confidence'

    AFP news agency reports that after meeting Syriza leader Mr Tsipras, Independent Greeks leader Panos Kammenos said: "From this moment on there is a government, we will give a vote of confidence to the new prime minister."

  114. 'No plans to meet Troika'

    Syriza's financial planning official, Giorgos Stathakis, has confirmed that the new government has no plans to meet with negotiators from the "troika" of the European Central Bank, the European Commission and the International Monetary Fund.

    Instead it will seek talks directly with governments, reports the Associated Press news agency.

  115. Get involved


    Cliff Cook in Crete emails: I'm writing this email at dawn, in Crete, and this dawn brings more than the usual promise of a new day. It feels to me that the four-year log jam of austerity that has taken such a toll on this people, has broken and that the way is clear for things to flow again.

  116. Coalition talks

    Leader of the Syriza party Alexis Tsipras (R) and Panos Kammenos, chairman of the Independent Greeks party, met in Athens this morning for their coalition talks.

    Alexis Tsipras, Panos Kammenos
  117. Post update

    Just to recap, Syriza needed a coalition partner after it fell just short of a majority needed to govern following Sunday's election.

  118. Post update

    Nick Malkoutzis, deputy editor of Greek daily Kathimerini English edition

    tweets: Ind Greeks leader Kammenos confirms Greece has gov't

  119. Post update

    Although the Independent Greeks party is also fiercely anti-austerity, on other policies like immigration it is far more hardline, our correspondent adds.

  120. Post update

    The Independent Greeks party has now agreed to join Syriza as part of the coalition, Mark Lowen adds. Mr Tsipras will go to the Greek president later today to be given a mandate to form a government.

  121. Post update

    The BBC's Mark Lowen in Athens says that, after the euphoria of Sunday, Syriza leader Alexis Tsipras has begun the work of coalition building. At the moment he is courting the right-wing party, Independent Greeks, which is also fiercely anti-austerity.

  122. Post update

    Welcome to our live coverage of reaction to the Greek general election which has been won by the anti-austerity party Syriza.