While an argument can easily be made that the Conservative government of New Democracy between 2004-2009 bankrupted the country by tripling the debt and doubling both deficits and that New Democracy has always counted among its ranks nationalists, religious bigots, racists and reactionaries under Mitsotakis' leadership it has made a very obvious shift to the liberal centre and has replaced a lot of its old guard with fresh young libertarian faces.
The far-right Golden dawn has failed to enter parliament and while some may argue that it might be because it has faced issues with the law, those same issues were still present in 2015 and did not prevent the party from gaining 7%.
This time they seem to have lost lots of their supporters to new milder far-right party that goes by the name Greek Solution.
Yanis Varoufakis' party has managed to enter parliament in its first electoral presence which I am certain has brought a lot of happy smiles for Yanis.
And Syriza is also very happy with the result because it managed to get a much higher percentage than what the polls were presenting and establishing the party as the country's opposition.
Syriza was understood to be a parenthesis that was merely a by-product of the crisis and that the party would vanish but Tsipras's turn to the centre-ground through the success of the Macedonia deal, his toned down rhetoric and surprisingly good relationship with the US and the EU have managed to establish him as a force to be reckoned with. His party have committed to him and there is a chance we might see him as PM once again.
All in all, populism has been defeated both in its left version and in its right version and a return to normality can be seen in the horizon. People have tired listening to false promises and have learned that trusting big words is no longer sustainable. Politicians as well have figured this out and no longer make such appeals either, which is a wonderful development.
I am happy with the results and everyone in Greece seems to be happy with the results as well. Tsipras has taken the election results very well. And since 2012 when the 2 party-system broke down and several minor parties found their way into parliament we have witnessed a very evolving political landscape.
...take your common sense with you, and leave your prejudices behind...