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How the financial crash brought extreme polarisation to politics

After Lehman Brothers tumbled, leaders fell like dominoes. Recession unleashed a raging chaos—and its political legacy is only now becoming clear

By Tom Clark   August 2017

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and Health Minister Andreas Xanthos in 2017. Photo: NurPhoto/SIPA USA/PA Images

Crunch. Crash. Austerity. The saga has dragged on for a decade, and its real victims can be found at a food bank, not strolling out the back door of a parliament building or a presidential palace. But the political destruction left in the path of the economic tornado is remarkable nonetheless.

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