SYRIZA gripped by sense of self-crit­i­cism

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A mood of in­tro­spec­tion and self-crit­i­cism is be­gin­ning to en­velop rul­ing SYRIZA as sug­gested in a damn­ing re­port is­sued by its cen­tral com­mit­tee ahead of the party’s congress in the fall.

Ac­cord­ing to the 52-page re­port – which in­cludes 26 pro­pos­als for the way for­ward – the left­ist-led gov­ern­ment had “in­ex­cus­ably un­der­es­ti­mated a se­ries of cru­cial fac­tors” dur­ing its pro­tracted ne­go­ti­a­tions with the coun­try’s in­ter­na­tional cred­i­tors in the pe­riod lead­ing up to the sign­ing of the coun­try’s third bailout in July 2015, and veered away from the plan of ac­tion hatched by the party be­fore it took of­fice.

The sus­pen­sion of debt pay­ments to cred­i­tors, cap­i­tal con­trols and the ref­er­en­dum “were not part of our plan,” it said, adding that th­ese moves were just the “fi­nal line of de­fense against the eco­nomic as­phyx­i­a­tion” the coun­try was sub­jected to.

Alexis Tsipras’s ad­min­is­tra­tion was also slammed for not do­ing enough to avert the mas­sive out­flow of cap­i­tal from Greek banks in the six-month pe­riod stretch­ing from Jan­uary to July 2015 that even­tu­ally led to the cap­i­tal con­trols, which were im­posed, it said, to “se­cure the sol­vency of the bank­ing sys­tem and bank de­posits of cit­i­zens.”

The re­port also cited the gov­ern­ment’s “un­suc­cess­ful” bid to find al­ter­na­tive sources of fi­nance while it clashed with Greece’s quar­tet of in­ter­na­tional cred­i­tors dur­ing ne­go­ti­a­tions that stretched from late Jan­uary 2015 to July, when its signed the coun­try’s third bailout.

As for the the party’s pol­icy with re­gard to Europe once it came to power, the re­port said there was a com­plete ignorance of the in­tri­cate power bal­ances gov­ern­ing the 28na­tion bloc and that the gov­ern­ment failed to present a plau­si­ble al­ter­na­tive plan to re­place the aus­ter­ity en­shrined in the coun­try’s bailout pro­grams.

Lim­it­ing the dis­cus­sion, it said, solely to the cur­rency is­sue made it ap­pear that the gov­ern­ment’s al­ter­na­tive plan for growth – to re­place the aus­ter­ity pre­scribed in the bailouts – hinged solely on the idea of cur­rency de­val­u­a­tion.

The gov­ern­ment was also ad­mon­ished for not stick­ing to its much-touted dec­la­ra­tion that it would take uni­lat­eral leg­isla­tive ac­tion – with­out the prior ap­proval of cred­i­tors – to ad­dress the hu­man­i­tar­ian cri­sis that the fi­nan­cial cri­sis sparked.

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