Bank­ing on fail­ure

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Greece needs a good op­po­si­tion party just as much as it needs a good govern­ment. Un­for­tu­nately, SYRIZA does not fit the bill. The head of left­ist party, Alexis Tsipras, did make an at­tempt a few months ago at a more re­al­is­tic stance, though it was a short­lived phase. In the past few weeks, though, he has adopted in­creas­ingly ex­treme po­si­tions, which, more­over, he ex­presses in a very in­flam­ma­tory man­ner. Such a stance does not help Greece. In­stead, it puts off po­ten­tial in­vestors be­cause no one is will­ing to put their money in a coun­try where the man who may pos­si­bly be­come the next prime min­is­ter threat­ens to over­turn ev­ery deal made by the present govern­ment. Tsipras is bank­ing on Greece fail­ing to move for­ward in­stead of de­sign­ing a con­vinc­ing gov­er­nance pro­gram. The govern­ment has cer­tainly made mis­takes as well, but ev­ery­one, in­clud­ing Tsipras, should wish it suc­cess at least on its ba­sic tar­gets.

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