The post-pop­ulist pause

Kathimerini English - - Front Page - BY NIKOS KONSTANDARAS

ma­jor coun­tries are fol­low­ing a sim­i­lar course. It is not just the wave of pop­ulism chang­ing com­mu­ni­ties and pol­i­tics – for pop­ulism has al­ways been a sig­nif­i­cant part of pol­i­tics – what is worse is that this wave has no ob­jec­tive rather than fol­low­ing neb­u­lous prom­ises for the restora­tion of past grandeur. Many vot­ers are drawn to dem­a­gogs’ calls for a leap into the void, think­ing that in this way they can cut the Gor­dian knot of re­al­ity. The Greeks were the first to be­lieve that re­ject­ing the old meant the so­lu­tion of their prob­lems. Prime Min­is­ter Alexis Tsipras’s dra­matic turn last July, af­ter six months of wan­der­ing around the bar­ri­cades of an imag­i­nary revo­lu­tion, marked his sur­ren­der to a re­al­ity that would not bend to his will. Since then, his gov­ern­ment has bat­tled to deal with a cri­sis that was wors­ened by SYRIZA’s il­lu­sions, while day by day pop­u­lar anger grows. De­vel­op­ments do not end with an elec­tion. When the search for so­lu­tions (or im­ple­men­ta­tion of re­forms) is not a pri­or­ity, prob­lems lead to dead ends. Like ev­ery other gov­ern­ment be­fore it, this one, too, thought that the fact of its elec­tion was the so­lu­tion to all prob­lems, and that if any­thing went awry, oth­ers were to blame. Now Tsipras is think­ing of call­ing elec­tions again. De­feat may re­lieve him of the cares of of­fice, vic­tory will gain him more time; nei­ther will solve any prob­lems. The gov­ern­ment of Bri­tain fol­lowed a sim­i­lar awak­en­ing, and the new US ad­min­is­tra­tion will do the

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