Build­ing a con­vinc­ing nar­ra­tive

Kathimerini English - - Front Page - BY ALEXIS PAPACHELAS

strength to cut away at the Gor­dian knots that face him, but he is al­ways very late in do­ing so. It is strik­ing that not a sin­gle Greek min­istry gen­eral director has been fired or forced to step down so far. Ev­ery­thing seems to have its own pace, and ev­ery de­ci­sion is reached af­ter ex­ten­sive de­lib­er­a­tion. Even peo­ple who un­der­mine the prime min­is­ter’s new nar­ra­tive re­main se­curely in their seats. The left­ist prime min­is­ter, how­ever, does not have time. He is well aware that if he does not make any de­ci­sive moves now, the in­ter­na­tional mar­kets and for­eign in­vestors are ready to risk their money in Greece only un­der a dif­fer­ent ad­min­is­tra­tion. The failure of SYRIZA folk to get a grasp of re­al­ity is stun­ning. Ev­ery­thing seems to be in­ter­preted in po­lit­i­cal terms. It is not un­der­stood that pri­vate com­pa­nies have share­hold­ers and busi­ness plans, and that their pa­tience is not in­fi­nite. SYRIZA’s cul­ture of end­less talk with­out much con­tent or pur­pose is enough to drive any se­ri­ous for­eign in­vestor up the wall. Nev­er­the­less, Tsipras has man­aged to present a nar­ra­tive that is not very far from that of the con­ser­va­tive op­po­si­tion. The objectives are the same, at least in the­ory. Kyr­i­akos Mit­so­takis, the leader of New Democ­racy, must come up with a pow­er­ful re­sponse

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