Ane­mic gov’t per­for­mance sparks inner-party crit­i­cism

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Lin­ger­ing un­cer­tainty over the con­clu­sion of the sec­ond bailout re­view and em­bar­rass­ing foot-drag­ging in sev­eral key ar­eas of pol­icy have in­ten­si­fied crit­i­cism of the SYRIZAled ad­min­is­tra­tion from se­nior of­fi­cials in­side the left­ist party.

An­a­lysts agree that the Novem­ber reshuf­fle failed to en­er­gize Alexis Tsipras’s flag­ging ad­min­is­tra­tion, as mem­bers of SYRIZA’s Cen­tral Com­mit­tee and Ex­ec­u­tive Sec­re­tariat (set up in the wake of the party’s Oc­to­ber congress) are voic­ing frus­tra­tion at the gov­ern- ment’s per­for­mance. They are fo­cus­ing in par­tic­u­lar on its fail­ure to clar­ify rules re­gard­ing the col­lec­tion of re­ceipts, to ex­plain the sta­tus of self-em­ployed pro­fes­sion­als and to stream­line the new Sin­gle So­cial Se­cu­rity En­tity (EFKA).

Many SYRIZA of­fi­cials also ap­pear un­happy over Tsipras’s fail­ure to en­sure that his of­fi­cials carry out his pledges. A well-in­formed source, more­over, sug­gests that Fi­nance Min­is­ter Eu­clid Tsakalo­tos is los­ing his clout within SYRIZA’s rad­i­cal Move­ment of 53 fac­tion.

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