Newspaper headlines: Greek election fallout dominates papers

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"Europe rocked by Greek revolt against austerity", "Greek drama engulfs the euro", and "Greece and EU on collision course after election win for left" are just some of the headlines that greet the outcome of the Greek general election.

The left-wing, anti-austerity Syriza party won in convincing style - and the papers reflect concern that this could throw the EU into chaos.

The Times says Syriza's victory threatens to boost similar parties in Spain and elsewhere in Europe, rattling financial markets and threatening the financial viability of Greece and its membership of the euro.

Analysis by Philip Aldrick says an outright victory for Syriza is a defining moment, not only for Greece, but also for the whole eurozone.

The paper reports that wild celebrations erupted in Athens with a result that many hoped would end five years of depression. A cartoon has Sisyphus's boulder (of debt) rolling down on Francois Hollande and Angela Merkel who are cowering behind a large euro coin.

Robert Lea's business commentary says compromise remains the most likely outcome although the worst-case scenario - a Greek exit from the eurozone - can no longer be dismissed as impossible.

The Daily Telegraph says the result will reverberate in countries such as Italy, Spain and Portugal, where the rejection of German-inspired austerity is also growing.

In an editorial comment, the Telegraph says the election leaves the euro on perilous ground. "Greece wakes up today after an election that has altered the political course of Europe."

The Financial Times says Greeks woke up to a to a political, economic and social landscape that, in certain respects, has changed beyond recognition since a debt crisis forced the nation into the arms of foreign creditors in 2010.

The Guardian says the damning popular verdict on Europe's response to financial meltdown is a haunting outcome for the EU's political elite.

The paper's Helena Smith in Athens writes about a "euphoric" moment: "They were all there. The middle class in coats frayed by overuse. The old in bobble hats. The young, clapping and punching the air, gay people flying the rainbow flag, immigrants wide-eyed and expectant, foreigners who had flown in to savour victory at its best."

In a leading article, the Guardian says "at a stroke" the election has "destroyed the post-recessionary political norms and assumptions of Greece and shaken those of the European Union to the core as well".


Left turn

The Independent says the decisive victory for the radical left leaves Greece and the EU ready to play a "game of chicken" over the country's bailout.

In an editorial, it says: "Ever since the crisis began in 2008, the left in Europe has waited in vain for a great anti-capitalist revolt on the part of electors. Last night, voters in Greece finally delivered that sharp left turn."

The Sun goes with the rather clever headline "'halloumi left' win in Greece", describing it as a "stunning" result for Alexis Tsipras's party.

The paper's Trevor Kavanagh is scathing about Greece's new leader: "Angry and impoverished Greeks will wake up today with an inexperienced young socialist firebrand holding power and no idea what to do with it.

"Political leaders in France, Germany, Holland and Italy will be watching events closely. So will game-changer hopefuls such as Nigel Farage in the UK."

The Daily Mirror says economists fear the party's plans will trigger a financial crisis and put Greece on the path to leaving the euro.

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Hailing "Greek heroes", the Mirror says Syriza's victory is "stunning evidence" that Europeans are fed up with carrying the burden of a global financial collapse they did not create.

"What happens now impacts on Britain," it comments, "not least because the euro and European Union are so important to our own jobs, earnings and trade."

"Far left sweeps to power in Athens with vow to end the austerity years," is the headline in the Daily Mail.

In a comment piece in the Mail, Conservative MEP Daniel Hannan says the real fear of EU leaders is that Greece quits and thrives.

"Yesterday, Greeks voted for a party that, though it says it wants to keep the euro, rejects the conditions that the other members have set," he writes. "Both sides claim they want Greece to stay in the monetary union. But a game of chicken is now under way and neither player can easily swerve aside."

As the Daily Express sees it, Greece delivered a defiant message to the EU after radical left-wing party Syriza claimed victory.


Security storm

The papers mull over the hoax call that made its way through to David Cameron, from someone purporting to be GCHQ director Robert Hannigan. It makes the lead story for both the Sun and the Daily Mirror.

The Sun calls it a Number 10 security storm and is distinctly unimpressed.

In an editorial, it says: "GCHQ is a world leader and we can be proud of it. But it's just not good enough to shrug off yesterday's incidents and say there was no breach of security. What if next time it's a terrorist rather than just a prankster?"

The hoaxer said he also managed to speak to Mr Hannigan, which former Metropolitan Police Assistant Commissioner Andy Hayman, writing in the Sun, says is "pretty shocking".

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"Imagine a spy or terrorist having the mobile phone number of the top boss at GCHQ," he says. "Next time embarrassing blushes may not be the outcome."

The Mail says Downing Street and the security services were facing embarrassment after the hoax caller was put through.

The Mirror says protection procedures for the prime minister and GCHQ are both under review. "Mr Cameron ended the call as soon as it became clear it was a crank," it adds.

The Times reports that the security services were roundly mocked on social media for the embarrassing lapse. It says Daily Mirror associate editor Kevin Maguire tweeted: "Hoax caller put through to David Cameron? Probably Nick Clegg."

Downing Street has said Mr Cameron ended the call when it became clear it was a hoax and no sensitive information was disclosed.


Yeaster egg

They say you either love it or you hate it... but here's something that will take some swallowing.

As the Daily Telegraph reports, marmite-flavoured Easter eggs are to go on sale for the first time next month "in a move set to divide even devotees of the love-it-or-loathe it sticky black spread".

"Manufacturer Unilever has teamed up with novelty chocolate maker Kinnerton to launch the novelty product," says the Telegraph, "which marries the saltiness of Marmite with the sweetness of chocolate."

But that's not all, apparently the two companies have also collaborated on a Pot Noodle-flavoured egg in a move they hope will "broaden the appeal of Easter".

"Those who love Marmite say that it goes with anything, but even they may draw the line at an Easter egg flavoured with the spread," says the .

The Mail says when you think of the perfect accompaniment to an Easter egg, Marmite would probably be last on the list.

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But while it may sound like a recipe for disaster, it continues, the Marmite Easter egg will be on supermarket shelves next week.

And finally, Marmite is unlikely to be on the menu at one of London's oldest restaurants, Simpson's-in-the-Strand, which could disappear from the capital's social scene, according to the Telegraph.

It has been the favoured haunt of the great and good since the days of Charles Dickens, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and George Bernard Shaw.

Its owner has announced it is looking for a new tenant but there is no guarantee the restaurant will keep its current name. But the agent finding a bidder thinks it's unlikely it will become a Wetherspoons.

In a leading article, the Telegraph says: "An update of the Bateman cartoon on Simpson's menus may be required, with the red-faced chap hurling his knife in outrage at "the gentleman who suggested Simpson's needed 'revitalising'".


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