Greece's new Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras arrives at the prime minister's office after officially being sworn in. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras took over the office of the prime minister on Monday (January 26) after being sworn into the post during a political ceremony. Tsipras walked through the threshold of the prime ministers office but was not welcomed by outgoing Prime Minister Antonis Samaras, who was not there to greet him, but by office officials. Tsipras was sworn in on Monday as the prime minister of a new hardline, anti-bailout government determined to face down international lenders and end nearly five years of tough economic measures. The decisive victory by Tsipras' Syriza in Sunday's (January 25) snap election reignites fears of new financial troubles in the country that set off the regional crisis in 2009. It is also the first time a member of the 19-nation euro zone will be led by parties rejecting German-backed austerity. Tsipras' success is likely to empower Europe's fringe parties, including other anti-austerity movements across the region's economically-depressed south. The trouncing of the conservatives represents a defeat of Europe's middle-ground political guard, which has dallied on a growth-versus-budget discipline debate for five years while voters suffered.