Greek election 2015: What is really at stake for voters?

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It Isn't Clear What the Greeks Are Voting On


Greeks are facing their third nationwide trip to the polls this year, and all three have primarily been about the same issue: The future of Greece's economy. Only this time, things are kind of backwards.

The country's former prime minister Alexis Tsipras is in a strange position. He came to power in January after promising to fight tooth and nail to get some economic relief. After five years of austerity brought on by Greece's creditors' demands, the country's unemployment rate had more than doubled, and wages were dropping.

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Those creditors, including the EU and the European Central Bank, refused to budge, even after Greeks voted heavily against austerity in a referendum in July. In the end, with Greece running out of money and the only alternative being an exit from the euro, Tsipras accepted a new bailout package — along with more austerity.

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Supporters of Syriza left-wing party hold a banner reads in Italian "The other Europe with Tsipras" during a pre-election speech of former Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras at Syntagma square in Athens, Friday, Sept. 18, 2015. Opinion polls indicate a race too close to call, with Tsipras struggling to maintain the narrowest of leads over his main opponent, center-right New Democracy leader Evangelos Meimarakis. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)
Syriza left-wing party leader and former Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras waves to his supporters before a pre-election speech in Athens, Friday, Sept. 18, 2015. Opinion polls indicate a race too close to call, with Tsipras struggling to maintain the narrowest of leads over his main opponent, center-right New Democracy leader Evangelos Meimarakis.(AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
Supporters of Syriza left-wing party gather as party's leader and former Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras arrives for his pre-election speech at Syntagma square in Athens, Friday, Sept. 18, 2015. Opinion polls indicate a race too close to call, with Tsipras struggling to maintain the narrowest of leads over his main opponent, center-right New Democracy leader Evangelos Meimarakis. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)
Supporters of Syriza left-wing party stand under a photograph of party's leader and former Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras before a pre-election rally at Syntagma square in Athens, Friday, Sept. 18, 2015. Opinion polls indicate a race too close to call, with Tsipras struggling to maintain the narrowest of leads over his main opponent, center-right New Democracy leader Evangelos Meimarakis. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)
Supporters of Syriza left-wing party gather for the pre-election speech by party's leader and former Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras at Syntagma square in Athens, Friday, Sept. 18, 2015. Opinion polls indicate a race too close to call, with Tsipras struggling to maintain the narrowest of leads over his main opponent, center-right New Democracy leader Evangelos Meimarakis. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)
Supporters of Syriza left-wing party gather for the pre-election speech by party's leader and former Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras at Syntagma square in Athens, Friday, Sept. 18, 2015. Opinion polls indicate a race too close to call, with Tsipras struggling to maintain the narrowest of leads over his main opponent, center-right New Democracy leader Evangelos Meimarakis. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)
A municipal worker sets up a voting booth among other election materials at a school's classroom that will be a polling station for the Sept. 20 elections, in central Athens Friday, Sept. 18, 2015. It is the third time this year Greeks will be voting, with the economy still in dire straits, a quarter of workers jobless, and capital controls limiting cash access to savings to 420 euros ($470) per week. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
A municipal worker sets up a ballot box among other election materials at a school's classroom that will be a polling station for the Sept. 20 elections, in central Athens Friday, Sept. 18, 2015. The box reads in Greek: "Ballot box." It is the third time this year Greeks will be voting, with the economy still in dire straits, a quarter of workers jobless, and capital controls limiting cash access to savings to 420 euros ($470) per week. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
New Democracy leader Evangelos Meimarakis waves to supporters following his speech at a pre-election rally at Omonia square in central Athens, Thursday, Sept. 17, 2015. Opinion polls indicate a race too close to call, with Syriza's leader and former Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras struggling to maintain the narrowest of leads over his main opponent, center-right New Democracy Meimarakis. The sign on the podium reads in Greek: 'Greece Forward' and the one on the stage background reads: 'Forward'. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
A municipal worker carries a ballot box as he sets up election materials at a school's classroom, in central Athens, Friday, Sept. 18, 2015, that will be a polling station for the Sept. 20, elections. It is the third time this year Greeks will be voting, with the economy still in dire straits, a quarter of workers jobless, and capital controls limiting cash access to savings to 420 euros ($470) per week. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
New Democracy leader Evangelos Meimarakis acknowledges supporters following his speech at a pre-election rally at Omonia square in central Athens, Thursday, Sept. 17, 2015. Opinion polls indicate a race too close to call, with Syriza's leader and former Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras struggling to maintain the narrowest of leads over his main opponent, center-right New Democracy Meimarakis. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
New Democracy leader Evangelos Meimarakis delivers a speech during a pre-election rally at Omonia square in Athens, Thursday, Sept. 17, 2015. Opinion polls indicate a race too close to call, with Syriza's leader and former Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras struggling to maintain the narrowest of leads over his main opponent, center-right New Democracy leader Evangelos Meimarakis. The sign on the podium reads ''Greece Forward.'' (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
Supporters of New Democracy leader Evangelos Meimarakis wave Greek flags during his pre-election speech at Omonia square in Athens, Thursday, Sept. 17, 2015. Opinion polls indicate a race too close to call, with Syriza's leader and former Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras struggling to maintain the narrowest of leads over his main opponent, center-right New Democracy leader Evangelos Meimarakis. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
An elderly supporter of New Democracy party holds a Greek flag before the pre-election speech by party's leader Evangelos Meimarakis at Omonia square in Athens, Thursday, Sept. 17, 2015. Opinion polls indicate a race too close to call, with Syriza's leader and former Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras struggling to maintain the narrowest of leads over his main opponent, center-right New Democracy leader Evangelos Meimarakis. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
Supporters of conservative New Democracy party shout slogans before the pre-election speech by party's leader Evangelos Meimarakis at Omonia square in Athens, Sept. 17, 2015. Opinion polls indicate a race too close to call, with Syriza's leader and former Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras struggling to maintain the narrowest of leads over his main opponent, center-right New Democracy leader Evangelos Meimarakis. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
Supporters of conservative New Democracy party shout slogans before the pre-election speech by party's leader Evangelos Meimarakis at Omonia square in Athens, Thursday, Sept. 17, 2015. Opinion polls indicate a race too close to call, with Syriza's leader and former Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras struggling to maintain the narrowest of leads over his main opponent, center-right New Democracy leader Evangelos Meimarakis. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
A boy looks the crowd before the pre-election speech of New Democracy party leader Evangelos Meimarakis at Omonia square in Athens, Thursday, Sept. 17, 2015. Opinion polls indicate a race too close to call, with Syriza's leader and former Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras struggling to maintain the narrowest of leads over his main opponent, center-right New Democracy leader Evangelos Meimarakis. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
Municipal workers load voting booths onto a truck at a depot in Athens, Thursday, Sept. 17, 2015, to be sent to polling stations for Sunday, Sept. 20, 2015 elections. Workers loaded 37 trucks with sacks of election materials, ballot boxes and voting booths. It is the third time this year Greeks will be voting, with the economy still in dire straits, a quarter of workers jobless, and capital controls limiting cash access to savings to 420 euros ($470) per week. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
A municipal worker walks past voting booths to be loaded onto trucks at a depot in Athens, Thursday, Sept. 17, 2015, to be sent to polling stations for Sunday, Sept. 20 elections. Workers loaded 37 trucks with sacks of election materials, ballot boxes and voting booths. It is the third time this year Greeks will be voting, with the economy still in dire straits, a quarter of workers jobless, and capital controls limiting cash access to savings to 420 euros ($470) per week. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
Municipal workers wheel boxes containing election ballot boxes at a depot in Athens, Thursday, Sept. 17, 2015, to be sent to polling stations for Sunday, Sept. 20, 2015 elections. The boxes read in Greek: 'Ballot box'. Workers loaded 37 trucks with sacks of election materials, ballot boxes and voting booths. It is the third time this year Greeks will be voting, with the economy still in dire straits, a quarter of workers jobless, and capital controls limiting cash access to savings to 420 euros ($470) per week. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
A supporter of the extreme far-right Golden Dawn political party waves a Greek flag during a pre-election rally, in Athens, Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2015. Golden Dawn, founded as a neo-Nazi party three decades ago, is on course for third place in Greece's snap general election on Sept. 20, 2015. The stridently anti-austerity and anti-immigrant party could attract voters angry with the prospect of continued austerity under the third bailout, despite the partyâs leadership and dozens of its members being on trial for a slew of offences. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
Supporters of the extreme far-right Golden Dawn political party chant slogans during a pre-election rally, in Athens, Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2015. Golden Dawn, founded as a neo-Nazi party three decades ago, is on course for third place in Greece's snap general election on Sept. 20, 2015. The stridently anti-austerity and anti-immigrant party could attract voters angry with the prospect of continued austerity under the third bailout, despite the partyâs leadership and dozens of its members being on trial for a slew of offences. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
Nikos Michaloliakos, the leader of the extreme far-right Golden Dawn political party delivers his speech during a pre-election rally, in Athens, Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2015. Golden Dawn, founded as a neo-Nazi party three decades ago, is on course for third place in Greece's snap general election on Sept. 20, 2015. The stridently anti-austerity and anti-immigrant party could attract voters angry with the prospect of continued austerity under the third bailout, despite the partyís leadership and dozens of its members being on trial for a slew of offences. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
Supporters of the extreme far-right Golden Dawn political party wave Greek flags during a pre-election rally, in Athens, Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2015. Golden Dawn, founded as a neo-Nazi party three decades ago, is on course for third place in Greece's snap general election on Sept. 20, 2015. The stridently anti-austerity and anti-immigrant party could attract voters angry with the prospect of continued austerity under the third bailout, despite the partyâs leadership and dozens of its members being on trial for a slew of offences. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
A supporter of the extreme far-right Golden Dawn political party waves a Greek flag during a pre-election rally, in Athens, Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2015. Golden Dawn, founded as a neo-Nazi party three decades ago, is on course for third place in Greece's snap general election on Sept. 20, 2015. The stridently anti-austerity and anti-immigrant party could attract voters angry with the prospect of continued austerity under the third bailout, despite the partyâs leadership and dozens of its members being on trial for a slew of offences. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
Nikos Michaloliakos, the leader of the extreme far-right Golden Dawn political party salutes his supporters prior to his speech during a pre-election rally, in Athens, Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2015. Golden Dawn, founded as a neo-Nazi party three decades ago, is on course for third place in Greece's snap general election on Sept. 20, 2015. The stridently anti-austerity and anti-immigrant party could attract voters angry with the prospect of continued austerity under the third bailout, despite the partyâs leadership and dozens of its members being on trial for a slew of offences. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
Supporters of Greece's Communist Party watch the party's leader Dimitris Koutsoumpas, delivering his speech, during a pre-election rally in central Athens, Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2015. Greece's goes to snap general election on Sept. 20, 2015. It is the third time this year Greeks will be voting, with the economy still in dire straits, a quarter of workers jobless, and capital controls limiting cash access to savings to 420 euros ($470) per week. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
Supporters of Greece's Communist Party (KKE) wave flags during a pre-election rally in central Athens, Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2015. Greece's goes to snap general election on Sept. 20, 2015. It is the third time this year Greeks will be voting, with the economy still in dire straits, a quarter of workers jobless, and capital controls limiting cash access to savings to 420 euros ($470) per week. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
A supporter of the newly-formed left-wing Popular Unity party chants slogans during a pre-election rally, in central Athens, Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2015. The party broke away from the governing Syriza party ahead of the Sept. 20 general election, hurting its re-election effort. Tsipras called a snap election after reaching an agreement with eurozone countries for a third bailout, and has clung to a slim lead in opinion polls despite a sharp drop in his approval ratings. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
Veteran leftist politician and candidate with the newly-formed left-wing Popular Unity party Manolis Glezos acknowledges supporters during a pre-election rally, in central Athens, Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2015. The party broke away from the governing Syriza party ahead of the Sept. 20 general election, hurting its re-election effort. On May 30, 1941, Glezos and late Apostolos Santas climbed on the Acropolis hill and tore down the swastika, which had been there since April 27, 1941, when the Nazi forces had entered and occupied Athens. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
Supporters of the newly-formed left-wing Popular Unity party wave flags and chant slogans during a pre-election rally, in central Athens, Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2015. The party broke away from the governing Syriza party ahead of the Sept. 20 general election, hurting its re-election effort. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
Pedestrians pass posters of left-wing parties in the northern Greek city of Thessaloniki, Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2015. Alexis Tsipras the leader of left-wing party leader Syriza and former Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras called a snap election for Sunday, Sept. 20 after reaching an agreement with eurozone countries for a third bailout, and has clung to a slim lead in opinion polls despite a sharp drop in his approval ratings. (AP Photo/Giannis Papanikos)
From left, PASOK Socialist party leader Fofi Gennimata, head of the Independent Greeks Panos Kammenos, General secretary of Greece's Communist Party Dimitris Koutsoumpas, leader of Potami party Stavros Theodorakis, Panagiotis Lafazanis leader of the Popular Unity, main opposition conservative New Democracy head Vangelis Meimarakis and the leader of the left-wing Syriza party and former Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras wait for the start of a live televised debate at the state-run ERT television in Athens, Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2015. The leaders of all but one of Greece's main political parties hold a live televised debate for the first time in six years on Wednesday night before the country's Sept. 20 early election. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)
Alexis Tsipras, center, leader of radical left Syriza party, is cheered by supporters during a pre-election rally at Keratsini suburb, in Athens, Greece, Sunday, Sept. 13, 2015. The radical left Syriza party of former prime minister Tsipras is pulling ahead of the conservative main opposition party in the run-up to Greece's snap general election on Sept. 20, according to an opinion poll published Friday. (AP Photo/Yorgos Karahalis)
The leader of the left-wing Syriza party and former Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras laughs as main opposition conservative New Democracy head Vangelis Meimarakis waits for the start of a live televised debate at the state-run ERT television in Athens, Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2015. The leaders of all but one of Greece's main political parties hold a live televised debate for the first time in six years on Wednesday night before the country's Sept. 20 early election. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)
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Then he resigned last month in the hopes that a new election would earn him more support, but Tsipras can't really position himself as the anti-austerity leader anymore. Now, he's the leader who accepted more austerity, and polls show his Syriza party has actually lost support.

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ATHENS, GREECE - JULY 13: Pensioners talk to bank staff as they wait to collect their pensions outside a National Bank of Greece branch in Kotzia Square on July 13, 2015 in Athens, Greece. Eurozone leaders have reportedly made an 'agreement' on the Greek debt crisis in Brussels. After lengthy talks EU President Donald Tusk tweeted that a bailout programme was 'all ready to go'. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
Demonstrators hold a poster against the austerity policy of Germany prior to a special session of the parliament Bundestag on negotiations with Greece for a new bailout in Berlin, Germany, Friday, July 17, 2015. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)
A woman burns the flag of the ruling party Syriza, surrounded by journalists, in front of the Greek parliament in Athens, during an anti-EU demonstration in Athens calling for a no to any agreement with the creditors on July 13 , 2015. Eurozone leaders struck a deal on a bailout to prevent debt-stricken Greece from crashing out of the euro forcing Athens to push through draconian reforms in a matter of days. AFP PHOTO/ LOUISA GOULIAMAKI (Photo credit should read LOUISA GOULIAMAKI/AFP/Getty Images)
Leftist protester holds a greek flag in front of the Greek parliament as they take part an anti-EU demonstration in Athens calling for a 'NO' to any agreement with the creditors on July 13, 2015. Eurozone leaders struck a deal Monday on a bailout to prevent debt-stricken Greece from crashing out of the euro, forcing Athens to push through draconian reforms in a matter of days. AFP PHOTO / ANDREAS SOLARO (Photo credit should read ANDREAS SOLARO/AFP/Getty Images)
People read newspaper headlines in central Athens on July 13, 2015. Greece reached a desperately-needed bailout deal with the eurozone on July 13 after marathon overnight talks, in a historic agreement to prevent the country crashing out of the European single currency. The country's leftist Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras agreed to tough reforms after 17 hours of gruelling negotiations in return for a three-year bailout worth up to 86 billion euros ($96 billion), Greece's third rescue programme in five years. AFP PHOTO / ARIS MESSINIS (Photo credit should read ARIS MESSINIS/AFP/Getty Images)
A elderly man In a wheelchair waits with other pensioners outside a national bank branch to withdraw a maximum of 120 euros ($134) for the week in central Athens, Monday, July 13, 2015. A Eurozone summit has reached a tentative agreement with Athens on a bailout program that includes “serious reforms” and aid, removing an immediate threat of financial collapse in Greece. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)
A bank employee distributes tag queue positions to elderly people to enter into the bank to withdraw a maximum of 120 euros ($134) for the week in central Athens, Monday, July 13, 2015. A Eurozone summit has reached a tentative agreement with Athens on a bailout program that includes “serious reforms” and aid, removing an immediate threat of financial collapse in Greece. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)
Pensioners wait outside the main gate of the national bank of Greece to withdraw a maximum of 120 euros ($134) in central Athens, Thursday, July 9, 2015. With a deadline just hours away to come up with a detailed economic reform plan, Greece requested a new three-year rescue from its European partners Wednesday as signs grew its economy was sliding toward free-fall without an urgently needed bailout. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)
A man passes in front of "NO" referendum posters in central Athens, Sunday, July 12, 2015. Greece has another chance Sunday to convince skeptical European creditors that it can be trusted to enact wide-ranging economic reforms which would safeguard its future in the common euro currency. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias)
A presidential guard, right, stands guard at the tomb of the unknown soldier as riot police officers guard one of the entrances to the parliament during a demonstration of supporters of the no vote in central Athens, Sunday, July 12, 2015. Greece has another chance Sunday to convince skeptical European creditors that it can be trusted to enact wide-ranging economic reforms which would safeguard its future in the common euro currency. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)
A man holds a tag queue position as he waits next to others pensioners outside the main gate of the national bank of Greece to withdraw a maximum of 120 euros ($134) in central Athens, Friday, July 10, 2015. Greece's Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras will seek backing for a harsh new austerity package from his party Friday to keep his country in the euro — less than a week after urging Greeks to reject milder cuts in a referendum. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)
A pro-Euro demonstrator is seen behind a European Union flag during a rally in the northern Greek port city of Thessaloniki, Thursday, July 9, 2015. Hopes that Greece can get a rescue deal that will prevent a catastrophic exit from the euro rose on Thursday, after key creditors said they were open to discussing how to ease the country's debt load, a long-time sticking point in their talks. (AP Photo/Giannis Papanikos)
Pensioners wait outside the main gate of the national bank of Greece to withdraw a maximum of 120 euros ($134) in central Athens, Thursday, July 9, 2015. With a deadline just hours away to come up with a detailed economic reform plan, Greece requested a new three-year rescue from its European partners Wednesday as signs grew its economy was sliding toward free-fall without an urgently needed bailout. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)
A pensioner leans against the main gate of the national bank of Greece as he waits to withdraw a maximum of 120 euros ($134) for the week in Athens in central Athens, Tuesday, July 7, 2015. Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras heads Tuesday to Brussels, where he will try to use a bailout referendum victory to obtain a rescue deal with European leaders. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)
Greek soldiers leave the ancient Acropolis hill, after they raised the Greek flag, in Athens, on Tuesday, July 7, 2015. Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras was heading Tuesday to Brussels for an emergency meeting of euro zone leaders, where he will try to use a resounding referendum victory to eke out concessions from European creditors over a bailout for the crisis-ridden country. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)
In this photo taken on Saturday, July 11, 2015, Mary Cromba, left, owner of a beachside restaurant is seen with her employees, as she prepares to add paper in the cashier machine in the village of Psatha about 65km (40 miles) west of Athens. The meal sales tax clause in the bailout proposal considered Sunday by European leaders would boost it from 13 percent to 23 percent, while hotels would see room sales taxes rise from 6.5 percent to 13 percent. (AP Photo/Spyros Tsakiris)
A butcher makes calculations inside his shop in central Athens, Tuesday, July 7, 2015. Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras heads Tuesday to Brussels, where he will try to use a bailout referendum victory to obtain a rescue deal with European leaders. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)
Pensioners wait outside the main gate of the national bank of Greece to withdraw a maximum of 120 euros ($134) in central Athens, Thursday, July 9, 2015. With a deadline just hours away to come up with a detailed economic reform plan, Greece requested a new three-year rescue from its European partners Wednesday as signs grew its economy was sliding toward free-fall without an urgently needed bailout. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)
A man stands-in front of a discount shop that reads in Greek " you give a little you take a lot" in Athens, on Tuesday, July 7, 2015. Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras was heading Tuesday to Brussels for an emergency meeting of eurozone leaders, where he will try to use a resounding referendum victory to eke out concessions from European creditors over a bailout for the crisis-ridden country. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)
A man sells items in central Athens, Tuesday, July 7, 2015. Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras heads Tuesday to Brussels, where he will try to use a bailout referendum victory to obtain a rescue deal with European leaders. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)
A woman pays at a market in central Athens, Tuesday, July 7, 2015. Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras heads Tuesday to Brussels, where he will try to use a bailout referendum victory to obtain a rescue deal with European leaders. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)
Red spray paint covers a French-language Bank of Greece sign to read 'Bank of Merkel' in reference to German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Athens, Monday, July 6, 2015. Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis resigned Monday, saying he was told shortly after Greece's decisive referendum result that some other eurozone finance ministers and the country's other creditors would appreciate his not attending the ministers' meetings. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)
A homeless sleeps at the entrance of a closed store with posters reading ''No'' in central Athens, Monday, July 6, 2015. Greece’s Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis has resigned following Sunday’s referendum in which the majority of voters said “no” to more austerity measures in exchange for another financial bailout. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)
Homeless sleep on the ground in central Athens, Monday, July 6, 2015. Greece’s finance minister has resigned following Sunday’s referendum in which the majority of voters said “no” to more austerity measures in exchange for another financial bailout. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)
Needy people pray before eating at the Church-run Galini charity's soup kitchen in central Athens on Monday, July 6, 2015. Greece’s finance minister has resigned following Sunday’s referendum in which the majority of voters said “no” to more austerity measures in exchange for another financial bailout. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)
A construction worker carries a wooden plank near a board with the Greek flag that reads in Portuguese: "I love you Greece, because of the courage against the imperialism!", in Lisbon, Monday, July 6, 2015. Greece's Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis has resigned following Sunday's referendum in which the majority of voters said "no" to more austerity measures in exchange for another financial bailout. The board also reads in Greek: "No", in reference to Sunday's referendum. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)
Needy people eat at the Church-run Galini charity's soup kitchen in central Athens on Monday, July 6, 2015. Greece’s finance minister has resigned following Sunday’s referendum in which the majority of voters said “no” to more austerity measures in exchange for another financial bailout. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)
A pensioner holds a tag queue position as he lines up before entering into a bank to withdraw a maximum of 120 euros ($134) for the week in Athens, Monday, July 6, 2015. Greece’s Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis has resigned following Sunday’s referendum in which the majority of voters said “no” to more austerity measures in exchange for another financial bailout. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)
A bank employee distributes tag queue positions to elderly people to enter into the bank to withdraw a maximum of 120 euros ($134) for the week in Athens, Monday, July 6, 2015. Greece’s Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis has resigned following Sunday’s referendum in which the majority of voters said “no” to more austerity measures in exchange for another financial bailout. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)
People wait to enter into the national bank of Greece in Athens, Monday, July 6, 2015. Greece’s finance minister has resigned following Sunday’s referendum in which the majority of voters said “no” to more austerity measures in exchange for another financial bailout. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)
A bank employee speaks to elderly people before allowing them to enter into the bank to withdraw a maximum of 120 euros ($134) for the week in Athens, Monday, July 6, 2015. Greece’s Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis has resigned following Sunday’s referendum in which the majority of voters said “no” to more austerity measures in exchange for another financial bailout. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)
Elderly people argue with a bank worker as they wait to be allowed into the bank to withdraw a maximum of 120 euros ($134) for the week in Athens, Monday, July 6, 2015. Greece’s Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis has resigned following Sunday’s referendum in which the majority of voters said “no” to more austerity measures in exchange for another financial bailout. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)
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Much of that support is going to the New Democracy party, which held power before Tsipras's takeover in January. Party head Vangelis Meimarakis has been campaigning mostly by accusing Tsipras of messing things up even more.

"Tsipras lied a lot last January. Nine months ago, Greece had a fiscal surplus and the prospect of growth was in sight. Now, the country is back in the red with high deficit and high unemployment," Meimarakis told Euronews.



The two parties are polling pretty closely, and neither one looks like it will be able to form a government without at least one other party's help. And in a debate this week, both leaders ruled out working together.

But what's odd is that, despite the race being neck and neck, it's not clear what exactly is at stake. Both leaders want to stay in the euro, both are committed to implementing more unpopular bailout reforms and both say they'll do what they can to get some form of debt relief.

The vote will determine who is at the helm when some of the details are decided, but if the result is close, the winning party won't have much of a mandate.

What the election will do is give smaller parties a chance at more Parliament seats. A new party called Popular Unity, made up of exiles from Syriza, represents the far left in this election, and the far right, anti-immigration Golden Dawn is expected to continue its slow growth.

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