A rev­o­lu­tion­ary’s im­pos­si­ble dreams

Kathimerini English - - Front Page - BY ALEXIS PAPACHELAS

Jeroen Di­js­sel­bloem, who has been as­sist­ing Greek ef­forts lately, is very likely to leave his po­si­tion af­ter elec­tions take place in the Nether­lands. French Pres­i­dent Fran­cois Hol­lande is al­ready pow­er­less and in a few weeks will be a re­tired politi­cian in ev­ery­thing but name. Europe will en­ter a cy­cle of elec­tions which will fur­ther com­pli­cate de­ci­sions on Greece’s debt. Tsipras re­al­izes that any debt re­lief pack­age that could be an­nounced im­me­di­ately would be hard to sell to pub­lic opin­ion. This would in­clude sub­stan­tive tech­ni­cal con­fig­u­ra­tions that would leave vot­ers with slashed salaries and pen­sions largely un­moved. Mean­while, Tsipras is watch­ing the opin­ion polls and feels that his po­lit­i­cal room for ma­neu­ver­ing is nar­row­ing. It would be very dif­fi­cult to give some­thing mean­ing­ful to the other side without some SYRIZA in­ner-party fric­tion. All of this is hap­pen­ing while the mood in Europe is dark­en­ing ahead of the Ital­ian ref­er­en­dum. Based on this, the Greek pre­mier’s lean­ing to­ward the utopian fan­tasies of his rev­o­lu­tion­ary youth can be ex­plained. Tsipras found him­self go­ing from his Kais­ar­i­ani “oath” – lay­ing flow­ers at the Kais­ar­i­ani Na­tional Re­sis­tance Memo­rial on the day he was sworn in as PM – to his bailout “oath,” fol­low­ing a para­noid ref­er­en­dum. I can just imag­ine peo­ple close to him shar­ing this sense of ma­jor de­feat, pos­si­bly even telling him that he was wrong to get in­volved in a game he couldn’t win.

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