The Greek cir­cus

Kathimerini English - - Front Page - BY COSTAS IORDANIDIS

party’s lead­er­ship, elec­tions and his re-elec­tion. The end of the lat­est ne­go­ti­a­tions and Greece’s re­turn to the mar­kets, what­ever that im­plies, should have been touted as a win for the Euro­pean es­tab­lish­ment. This is hap­pen­ing with reser­va­tions kept pri­vate due to the peo­ple’s gen­eral dis­trust. Tsipras’s forced and ag­gres­sive pros­e­ly­tiz­ing and ac­cep­tance of what he used to rail against his pre­de­ces­sor for have caused con­fu­sion both in the ranks of SYRIZA and the po­lit­i­cal op­po­si­tion. Nev­er­the­less, their con­tin­u­a­tion in power is a big rea­son for its law­mak­ers to close ranks. Fur­ther­more, de­spite Tsipras’s dra­matic trans­for­ma­tion in sum­mer 2015 – to com­pen­sate for his en­trance into the Euro­pean or­der – it is cer­tain there was an at­tempt to re­in­force SYRIZA’s left-wing char­ac­ter. The sit­u­a­tion that emerged is some­what ir­ra­tional: Greece un­der the aus­pices of a very strict pro­gram of Euro­pean dis­ci­pline, with­out any scope for di­ver­gence, with the left in power try­ing to play a lead­ing role in all other as­pects of Greek po­lit­i­cal life. In short, this means chaos and in­co­her­ence,

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