After end­less talks, ex­is­ten­tial ques­tions

Kathimerini English - - Front Page - BY NIKOS KONSTANDARAS

Now we are left to our­selves. Now we will see the in­ad­e­quacy of our po­lit­i­cal per­son­nel – or we will see in­ven­tive­ness and sur­vival in­stincts re­turn. We will see if the gov­ern­ment is able to rein in its more un­con­trol­lable mem­bers, such as De­fense Min­is­ter Panos Kam­menos and Deputy Health Min­is­ter Pav­los Po­lakis, and whether it will sur­vive such an ef­fort. Or will Prime Min­is­ter Alexis Tsipras re­main cap­tive to the im­proviza­tions that come from hav­ing no pur­pose other than po­lit­i­cal sur­vival? This is a fun­da­men­tal ques­tion, be­cause from the start of the SYRIZA-In­de­pen­dent Greeks coali­tion it was clear that the only co­he­sive el­e­ment be­tween such dif­fer­ent forces was the ben­e­fit of be­ing in power. That is why Mr Kam­menos acts as if he rep­re­sents a great ma­jor­ity rather than a party on the brink of ex­clu­sion from the next Par­lia­ment. That is why ex­treme be­hav­ior by gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials is sup­ported – ei­ther be­cause the prime min­is­ter does not dare risk his ma­jor­ity, or be­cause he wants to main­tain the myth of SYRIZA be­ing a rebel, anti-sys­temic force. Now that ci­ti­zens are groan­ing un­der the bur­den of higher taxes and lower in­comes, now that the grow­ing moun­tain of over­due bank loans, so­cial se­cu­rity dues and taxes will lead to more con­fis­ca­tions, the coali­tion part­ners will see that wield­ing power is not just a plea­sure ride. The lack of a com­mon pro­gram will be clear. They will have to choose be­tween work­ing to­wards con­sen­sus so as

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