Di­vi­sive rhetoric

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The kind of cyn­i­cism with which gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials are openly di­vid­ing Greek cit­i­zens into voter­clients and non-vot­ers is noth­ing short of im­pres­sive. Per­haps this is the sort of strat­egy that bears fruit in pre-elec­tion pe­ri­ods or when ral­ly­ing around a party or cause is re­quired, but this is not the way to go for any­one wish­ing to gov­ern the coun­try as a re­spon­si­ble leader. On the con­trary, this is a deeply di­vid­ing ap­proach, fit for sup­port­ers of non-Euro­pean ex­trem­ist pop­ulism. Prime Min­is­ter Alexis Tsipras has one last chance to bring cit­i­zens to­gether and per­suade them of the need for ma­jor re­forms and changes, even if do­ing so in­volves great sac­ri­fices. If this is some­thing he is gen­uinely in­ter­ested in, he will soon have to change his rhetoric, be­cause no peo­ple who were art­fully di­vided ever did well.

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