Be care­ful of what you wish for

Kathimerini English - - Front Page - BY KOSTIS FAFOUTIS

years fol­low­ing the 1967-74 mil­i­tary dic­ta­tor­ship. It would be an op­por­tu­nity for Tsipras to break fresh ground, as he promised to do ahead of the elec­tions that in­stalled him in the driver’s seat, when he said that he would do away with the coun­try’s bailout agree­ments. Of course, no one re­ally ex­pects Tsipras to act this way. How­ever, the above case is in­dica­tive of the ul­te­rior mo­tives be­hind his gov­ern­ment’s plan for con­sti­tu­tional re­form. It was a pro­posal that the prime min­is­ter sought to dis­guise with left-lean­ing rules, as it were, in a bid to off­set the bit­ter taste of his eco­nomic poli­cies in the wake of the third bailout agree­ment. These rules in­clude con­sti­tu­tional recog­ni­tion of col­lec­tive bar­gain­ing in the la­bor mar­ket and pub­lic con­trol over the wa­ter and elec­tric­ity sup­ply. Given what the gov­ern­ment has al­ready signed with its for­eign lenders, such pro­vi­sions are no more mean­ing­ful than a ban on ex­cess tax­a­tion. Thank­fully, no such mea­sure has been put for­ward un­til now. More im­por­tant, and per­haps also more dan­ger­ous, was the pre­mier’s in­ten­tion to el­e­vate “the Peo­ple,” as it were, into an au­thor­ity in the con­sti­tu­tional re­view process. All ma­jor de­ci­sions, Tsipras sug­gested, would now rest with “the Peo­ple.” The peo­ple who drafted the pro­posal ap­par­ently ig­nore the fact that

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