Fall­ing back on bul­ly­ing

Kathimerini English - - Front Page - BY ALEXIS PAPACHELAS

started to back down quickly un­der the pres­sure of threats and bul­ly­ing. Another part of the es­tab­lish­ment was rot­ten, with so many skele­tons in its closet it was creak­ing at the hinges. They quickly fell in line, as in­di­cated by the sud­den changes of di­rec­tion in the me­dia. This is how the ini­tial gang came to power. I can imag­ine them sprawled on the couches of Max­i­mos Man­sion on that first day won­der­ing how they came to be here. After tri­umph and full dom­i­nance, they tried to use bul­ly­ing on the in­ter­na­tional stage with Ya­nis Varo­ufakis. They did not suc­ceed be­cause, un­like in the do­mes­tic sphere, there are rules and “red lines.” It took them awhile, but they fi­nally re­al­ized it. That les­son was a very ex­pen­sive one for the en­tire coun­try. The prime min­is­ter is surely not the Alexis Tsipras of 1991 or 2008, nor even of 2012 and 2015. How­ever, when he pan­ics, whether as a re­sult of pub­lic opin­ion polls or bad news, he quickly turns to his old gang and their bul­ly­ing tac­tics. It’s as though his posse rushes into his of­fice ev­ery time things get tough, shout­ing: “Don’t worry, we’ll show them.” In the blink of an eye en­e­mies are ei­ther found or cre­ated, the most re­cent ex­am­ple be­ing the ju­di­ciary. Clearly some be­lieve that with bul­ly­ing they’ll scare the judges not un­der their con­trol

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