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Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tspiras has called for a snap election after his Syriza party suffered a crushing defeat in the European elections.

The party came second, ten percent behind the opposition New Democracy party.

Tspiras, who has been Prime Minister since 2015, admitted that the result was “not up to our expectations”.

Elections in the Hellenic Republic will take place on June 30th.

Polls currently show New Democracy ahead of Syriza by over eight percent, with the centre-left Movement for Change far behind in third.