Mark: Except in America. They're slowly moving left in the wake of Obama, but they still lean more to the right than most people think. If a European-style socialist party ever gained traction there, Fox News hosts would start melting like they had opened the Ark of the Covenant.
Pauli: America hasn't even had a proper left wing in ages, just two parties that look almost identical to foreigners. That just seems so weird. I don't think they quite realize how conservative they look to us. From an American point of view, I'm apparently just a red shirt away from my computer turning into a bald eagle and screeching Lenin-based insults at me. And your country has a liberal male model for a prime minister. That's the mental toolkit we're equipped with when we try to understand Ted Cruz and Donald Trump.
Mark: Does the fact that there are successful parties across Europe that would make Trump look moderate change your perspective at all? I mean, at least America hasn't actually elected Donald Trump. Golden Dawn has seats in the Greek parliament, and they openly use Nazi symbolism.
They know the Nazis invaded them, right?
Pauli: Man, don't get me started on them. Golden Dawn, Front National, UKIP, True Finns ... they're a sign of the times. The European Union has struggled for a while, and whenever there's economic trouble, all these "patriots" and "friends of the common man" come crawling out of the woodwork and try to grab all the political power they can.
Mark: So they're a warning sign of what happens if you don't get your act together? Don't fall for it, America!
You don't have to know anything about Greek politics to be worried by this picture.