Dead wood

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The hard core that sup­ported SYRIZA be­fore it be­came a po­lit­i­cal force, rep­re­sent­ing about 3 per­cent of the pop­u­la­tion, con­tin­ues to de­ter­mine gov­ern­ment pol­icy. Prime Min­is­ter Alexis Tsipras re­cently adopted a very spe­cific nar­ra­tive that is cen­tered on the need to pro­mote in­vest­ments and shift closer to the cen­ter of the po­lit­i­cal spec­trum. How­ever, both of these ob­jec­tives have been un­der­mined, whether it be with fresh ob­jec­tions to land­mark de­vel­op­ments or the ex­tremely prob­lem­atic han­dling of is­sues such as the tem­po­rary re­lease of con­victed ter­ror­ist Dim­itris Koufo­d­i­nas. Tsipras cleared out a lot of the ex­treme el­e­ments of his left­ist party after the con­tro­ver­sial ref­er­en­dum of 2015 and now it looks like he has a lot more dead wood to get rid of but is lack­ing the stamina to go ahead with it. The re­sult, though, is that both his nar­ra­tive and the coun­try are los­ing steam.

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