A new po­lit­i­cal sit­u­a­tion

Kathimerini English - - Front Page - BY COSTAS IORDANIDIS

The gates of Eden have not re­opened after the con­clu­sion of Greece’s sec­ond re­view of its third bailout and the mo­men­tary ac­cess to in­ter­na­tional mar­kets. And nei­ther of these fac­tors, of course, led to our re­demp­tion. Sta­bi­liza­tion was achieved for a limited pe­riod of time, and all will de­pend on the wis­dom that the Greek gov­ern­ment is obliged to demon­strate – and on the de­vel­op­ments at the Euro­pean and in­ter­na­tional lev­els, where there is wor­ry­ing volatil­ity. Last month saw the dra­matic change – which was two years in the mak­ing and with se­ri­ous con­se­quences for the econ­omy – of Prime Min­is­ter Alexis Tsipras from an am­bi­tious politi­cian bent on over­turn­ing the Euro­pean order of things to an in­ter­locu­tor with some mea­sure of credibility, ad­her­ing to North­ern Euro­pean cri­te­ria. There is no point in ex­am­in­ing whether the stance of the op­po­si­tion par­ties of the “Euro­pean Cres­cent” was cor­rect or not. Nor do we need to ex­am­ine the mer­its of the “the­ory of two ex­tremes,” which failed, at the end of the day, to yield any po­lit­i­cal ben­e­fits to New Democ­racy and PASOK in the 2015 elec­tions. The point is that a new re­al­ity has arisen, which the op­po­si­tion must se­ri­ously take into con­sid­er­a­tion. The “rev­e­la­tions” by for­mer fi­nance min­is­ter Ya- nis Varo­ufakis about what oc­curred dur­ing the first six months of 2015 no longer serve to un­der­mine Tsipras. The re­cy­cling of of­fi­cials of the Com­mu­nist Left in the 1990s was in­sti­tu­tion­al­ized in the West in an ir­re­versible man­ner. They are the agents of the dis­rup­tion of the Right and for the pro­mo­tion of in­ter­na­tion­al­ist ten­den­cies in Europe. Tsipras had the unique for­tune to com­plete the ne­go­ti­a­tions half­way through his gov­ern­ment’s man­date. In the­ory he has more than two years to pro­mote purely class-based pol­icy, and to turn on his po­lit­i­cal op­po­nents. In short, the gov­ern­ment has se­cured – or at least be- lieves it has – a new nar­ra­tive: “har­mo­niza­tion with the Euro­pean order of things, while en­hanc­ing the wel­fare state.” He is not faced with elec­toral clashes within lo­cal gov­ern­ment, he does not live with the con­cerns over the elec­tion of a new Greek pres­i­dent, and he has the most dis­ci­plined par­lia­men­tary group in decades. The time fac­tor no longer works against Tsipras, and this makes it in­cum­bent on op­po­si­tion par­ties to for­mu­late a new strat­egy. Call­ing out the gov­ern­ment is not enough. There is a need now for a new “dis­course” em­a­nat­ing from the op­po­si­tion. The ac­ti­va­tion of the mind has never harmed any­one.

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