SYRIZA seeks to gain from clashes

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The gov­ern­ment’s tac­tic of con­fronting New Democ­racy, the ju­di­ciary and the me­dia is a strate­gic choice, Kathimerini un­der­stands.

The strat­egy has been de­vised by gov­ern­ment spokesman Dim­itris Tzanakopou­los and Dig­i­tal Pol­icy Min­is­ter Nikos Pap­pas, and in­cludes the pass­ing of leg­is­la­tion that is aimed to bring SYRIZA closer to some so­cial groups and its left­ist au­di­ence, such as the draft bill for lo­cal gov­ern­ment and the pro­posed changes to the ed­u­ca­tion sys­tem.

A gov­ern­ment of­fi­cial told Kathimerini the aim is to cre­ate some po­lit­i­cal space for SYRIZA be­yond its eco­nomic pol­icy choices, which are driven by the need to at­tract in­vest­ment and strengthen growth.

The gov­ern­ment be­lieves this strat­egy sets SYRIZA apart from New Democ­racy and pre­vents it los­ing sup­port to left-wing par­ties. How­ever, some of­fi­cials be­lieve that this ag­gres­sive ap­proach alien­ates many of the cen­ter and cen­ter-left vot­ers the party gained in pre­vi­ous years.

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