One of Syriza's main election promises was to renegotiate the strings attached to a Greek debt bailout but it did not take long for Syriza to have to bow slightly to EU bosses and accept a watered down deal.
Both sides claimed victory but are there any real winners?
The bureaucrats in Brussels viewed the February deal as a shot-term victory but how could the people of Greece living through a tough period of cuts and austerity measures agree?
After serious negotiations in February Syriza secured a four-month loan extension but they had wanted six months.
Syriza party members and the people of Greece were shown in no uncertain terms that the EU is still controlling the future of Greece.
Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said "We won a battle, not the war." He and his ministers now faced submitting a list of reforms to the bureaucrats and waiting for them to approve or dismiss the measures and Tsipras accepted there were 'real difficulties' ahead.
Following a substantial election victory the new Greek government had hoped to regain some control over their country's policies but the fat-cats of Europe will still decide what policies are passed.
The government was restricted from raising the minimum wage, alleviating poverty in Greece, without EU approval.
So the Greek government was held in an iron grip almost from day one making it in some ways impotent.
Greece is now at the crossroads as the hours tick down to a likely default June 30 but if they give in now the Greek government could face all of this again assuming they last that long. Their future will depend on how supporters judge their handling of the current crisis.
In February we wondered if perhaps the EU is hoping the government will collapse so they can install a technocrat as leader of Greece. But Greece is not Italy; that country was forced to accept an EU appointed technocrat Mario Monti, as PM in 2011.
The EU gravy train trundles on in Brussels and there is little sign if any of the bureaucrats tightening their belts or accepting cuts.
As EU officials tighten the screw on Greece and its people again the new government is backed into a tight corner.
PM Tsipras announced Saturday that a referendum will be held July 5 and those who vote will decide if the International creditors deal of more pain for the general population will be accepted.
How they respond will ultimately decide their future, the future of the Eurozone, the EU and many others.
Travel advice: The main advice is to take plenty of cash if you are visiting Greece. With the banks now closed if you are already on vacation in Greece and have little hard cash available you could be in trouble. Many vacationers in the EU now use ATMs rather than take travellers' cheques or cash.
ITV News reports Monday "At present, withdrawal limits on Greek ATMs are not be imposed on foreign bank cards, but don't rely on this."
News that "Foreign visitors using credit and debit cards issued outside of Greece will not be restricted to the daily limit imposed on ATMs in the country" has left me wondering if locals will ask tourists to withdraw for them or if there may even be an increase in the theft of such cards.
The advice has to be to take extra care during this tough period for Greece. Many British tourists visit the Greek Islands where the day-to-day situation may vary from mainland Greece.
British travellers can find the latest UK travel advice for Greece here
According to the NYTimes "Mr. Tsipras said he was calling the referendum because Greece’s creditors — the I.M.F., the European Central Bank and the Eurozone countries — had refused to negotiate in good faith and present a fair compromise."
The referendum will be held July 5 but what happens next? Greece is running out of money and will not receive the next bail-out payment unless they can forge a deal with the country's creditors.
On Tuesday, June 30, Greece has to pay a 1.6 billion euro debt.
The 18 other member countries of the Eurozone will not extend the debt payment deadline beyond June 30 without many strings attached. As Reuters puts it "Tuesday, [is] the day it [Greece] must pay 1.6 billion euros to the International Monetary Fund or go bust."
Greece is frozen out of further negotiations surely showing that the country is coming to the end of painful roar?
Friday the Greek parliament rejected the latest proposals from the EU which would result in more financial pain for the poorest people of Greece. That deal could have toppled the government, who would have been seen as liars after earlier promises of cutting austerity.
The markets will respond negatively to the latest news from Greece adding to that country's woes and inflicting more financial pain on the failing European Union.
Eurozone finance ministers are gathering in Brussels after the dramatic announcement of a referendum.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel has said there is no Plan B and Greece must agree to the latest debt deal.
The announcement of a referendum puts the ball squarely back with the people who will decide the future of Greece and possibly the European Union.