Athens, August 24, 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency
By Spiros Sideris
“Fortunately we are doing well abroad”, had said the late Konstantinos Karamanlis, returning from a trip abroad. The same could exclaim Alexis Tsipras returning on Thursday from Paris, if there wasn’t the fear that after his efforts to look like Andreas Papandreou – as he has been accused of- he is now also trying to micic the founder of New Democracy.
Indeed, every reference to the last name Karamanlis, on the part of the Prime Minister, causes earthquakes in the opposition and a tsunami of tweets.
Since September 2015, with the second electoral victory of SYRIZA in Greece, and the understanding on the part of Alexis Tsipras that the solution to the quality of the established democracy is the culture of reform and not the utopia of radical revolution, the climate inside the EU takes a positive change for the Greek Prime Minister.
The first informal invitations but also the personalr contacts with the world of social democracy in Europe are becoming even more visible in early 2016, with open invitations from Hollande and Renzi to Alexis Tsipras consider a possibility cooperation with the PES.
To a question of IBNA to the government spokeswoman Olga Gerovasili if there is an imminent engagement between SYRIZA and European Socialists she had ruled out such a possibility, while leaving open the possibility of contacts in the future.
A few weeks later, Alexis Tsipras participated as an observer in the meeting of European Socialists. The road was open for further cooperation of the Greek Prime Minister and European Socialists.
We have repeatedly written in IBNA for the need of European Socialists for “new political blood” in a Europe, which ideologically is monopolized by an extreme neoliberalism and a socialist european party entrapped to the “chariot” of economic policy of Protestant Germany.
Alexis Tsipras and Mateo Renzi, both of them young almost the same age, appear to be what the European Socialists are looking for. Alexis Tsipras has another advantage, he led the European Left Party at the elections for the Presidency of the European Commission.
Besides, the Prime Minister leads the only European Left party that is in government and enjoys the respect of all the parties that compose it.
It is common knowledge in Brussels, that PSE and ELP converge on many issues of European interest. The latest developments with the British withdrawal from the EU and the resurgence of tendencies in other Member States to exit, sounded the alarm on the EU’s dissolution, forcing the ideologically contiguous parties to understand the reality and necessity. Who better indeed to act as mediator in this approach than Alexis Tsipras?
Unfortunately for the miserables of introversion and internal consumption, who speak of communication games and instabstancial moves of the Prime Minister, in the new fictitious landscape that is being formed in Europe and the World, Fortunately we are doing well abroad.