Poor judg­ment

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The head of Greece’s main op­po­si­tion party com­mit­ted a se­ri­ous er­ror in judg­ment yes­ter­day by re­fus­ing to at­tend the of­fi­cial cer­e­mony for Greece’s as­sump­tion of the EU pres­i­dency. Whether he likes it or not, SYRIZA’s Alexis Tsipras has an in­sti­tu­tional role to play and he must re­spect that po­si­tion, es­pe­cially given how of­ten he has said he wants to be an ac­tive par­tic­i­pant in the Euro­pean Union and to try and in­flu­ence its poli­cies from within. The stance as­sumed by the left­ist leader is, un­for­tu­nately, sim­i­lar to that adopted by other po­lit­i­cal lead­ers in Greece and the only re­sult it has is fur­ther un­der­min­ing the coun­try’s sta­tus and boost­ing the forces of an­tiEuro­pean pop­ulism. At the end of the day, the gala for the as­sump­tion of the pres­i­dency was or­ga­nized in or­der to show­case Greece as a whole, not Prime Min­is­ter An­to­nis Sa­ma­ras and the coali­tion gov­ern­ment. And in this re­spect, Tsipras, as well as oth­ers who brushed off the im­por­tance of the oc­ca­sion, should have been there.

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