By THEO FRYE YANOS, age 12

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Newly elected Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras. PHOTO: GUE/NGL/Flickr

In the midst of years of crushing government spending cuts and tax increases known as austerity measures, the left-wing party Syriza has won control of the Greek Parliament. Syriza’s Alexis Tsipras is now the prime minister of Greece, and he promises to end austerity measures and renegotiate Greek debt with the European banks. In a statement before the election, Tsipras said, “We believe politics and economics should be centered around people’s needs, decent work, a thriving welfare state, environmental protections, democracy.”