Things have to get seriously out of hand in a country before the people start considering Nazis a viable solution to their woes. Hitler hung around on the fringes for a long time in Germany before the masses got desperate enough to consider letting him act on the crazy shit he'd been preaching all those years. Unfortunately, things have gotten precisely that out of hand in Greece, as evidenced by the rising popularity of the genuinely terrifying Golden Dawn Party.
Their roots trace back all the way to the early '80s, but they weren't recognized as a legitimate political party until 1993. They participated in a few elections back then, and never gained more than one percent of the vote.
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Still enough to beat Jeb!
That poor showing can be blamed on the fact that, from the very beginning, Golden Dawn has been labeled a group of fascists and/or neo-Nazis. Understand, those labels shouldn't be taken as the typical "unfair comparison to Hitler"-type of stuff we so commonly hear in political arguments today. No, this is just a straight-up hate group, and they've got the perfect logo for the job.
Bask in the subtlety.
No, it's not a swastika, but it certainly wishes it could be. It looks like the kind of thing you'd see in a movie where the filmmakers want to imply that Nazis are involved without being too on the nose about things.
Seeing as how members of Golden Dawn have been accused of a whole slew of hate crimes over the years, sometimes of the full-on murder variety, it seems improbable that a group as radical as this could ever gain any real power in the modern world. But poverty is a powerful force. Greece experienced one of the most dramatic economic collapses in history a while back, and the longer it takes them to recover, the more traction Golden Dawn gains as a legitimate government entity.