Tsipras' pledges, which include canceling planned privatizations, nationalizing banks and rolling back cuts to minimum wages and pensions, have horrified European leaders as well as many Greeks. Although he insists he can persuade other European nations that it is in their interests to keep Greece within the euro, his political opponents have accused him of being out of touch with reality, saying his policies will force Greece out of the euro and lead to mass poverty for years to come.
Even foreign newspapers have joined the fray. Germany's Financial Times Deutschland ran a front-page column on its web site Friday under the Greek headline "Resist the demagogue" in which the respected newspaper urged Greeks not to vote for Tsipras and to vote instead for New Democracy.
"Vote courageously in favor of reform and not in anger against the necessary and painful restructuring," it urged Greeks. "Resist the demagoguery of Alexis Tsipras and of Syriza."
The column sparked furious responses from both Syriza and New Democracy.
"Greeks are a proud nation. We know what we vote for. Take your recommendations elsewhere!" New Democracy lashed out, while Syriza described the article as an "unprecedented raw intervention" that was "an insult to national dignity" and undermined democracy.
Though Tsipras' supporters strongly clearly believe he can pull it off, the tactics might be working.
"I am not afraid, it's them who want to scare me," Ratsikas said, referring to politicians and European leaders in general. "Perhaps all this noise is leading me to not vote (for Syriza), but I can't really believe that all these things they say we should be afraid of are real."
Costas Kantouris in Thessaloniki and AP Television in Athens contributed
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