The UK newspaper The Telegraph has taken a look at the only SYRIZA elected representative to hold high office. It has found Rena Dourou as elected mayor of greater Athens (Attiki) is delivering on her promise to target spending on the poorest and most needy.
After her mother’s pension was cut over 30 times, Rena Dourou knew that Greece could no longer cope with austerity.
Now, as Syriza, her political party, leads the polls ahead of the country’s general election on Sunday, she stands ready to reverse the five years of pain imposed by the European Union.
“Since the beginning of the implementation of the austerity policies, many people have had the experience of becoming second-class citizens, with no access to health care or education,” she said.
“We want to create a shield of protection for the most vulnerable.”
Ms Dourou, 40, is the only member of Syriza, a radical left-wing coalition, to hold high office. Since she was elected as governor of Attica, the vital region that surrounds Athens, last May she has increased the state’s budget for social welfare more than six-fold, from a mere Eu1.9 million (£1.46 million) to Eu13 million. It is a premonition of the huge spending splurge that Syriza has promised if it is elected nationally.