When the bub­ble bursts

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Those who be­lieve the Tsipras phe­nom­e­non is a flash in the pan are wrong. The up­swing of his left­ist SYRIZA party and the sum­mer ref­er­en­dum show that pop­ulism is king and it ex­presses the anger and des­per­a­tion of a large part of so­ci­ety. The mo­ment will come when it will be­come ap­par­ent that all the prom­ises the prime min­is­ter made and ex­pec­ta­tions he nur­tured among this coun­try’s young peo­ple and its most vul­ner­a­ble cit­i­zens will not be re­al­ized. Un­less we wit­ness some kind of mirac­u­lous trans­for­ma­tion in Tsipras, growth will not be quick in com­ing. It is when this bub­ble bursts that we will need a strong op­po­si­tion with a con­vinc­ing nar­ra­tive and the right leader and of­fi­cials to con­vince Greeks that there is another way. This role lies with the cen­ter-right, and to ful­fill it, it must not shy away from ide­o­log­i­cal con­fronta­tions, new faces and a break from the mech­a­nisms of the past. It is high time that it started be­hav­ing like its Euro­pean peers.

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