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An anti-austerity protester throws a bottle at riot police in Athens, Wednesday, July 15, 2015. Greece's prime minister was fighting to keep his government intact in the face of outrage over an austerity bill that parliament passed on Thursday.
On a January evening four days before he became the first radical leftist to lead a country in the European Union, Alexis Tsipras bounded to the stage at an outdoor rally in a grubby corner of Athens and proclaimed the imminent end to “our national humiliation.”

Evidence of Greece’s severely degraded state was all around: the graffiti-saturated walls, the abandoned shop fronts, the tattered clothes of the thousands who had turned out that night to cheer a man who vowed to not only remake Greece, but also to transform all of Europe by inspiring leftist movements continent-wide.