OP/ED: Alexis Tsipras’ three crucial problems

OP/ED: Alexis Tsipras’ three crucial problems


The last cabinet meeting just 24 hours before the Easter holidays, gave members of the Greek government and the Prime Minister some holiday homework. The mini Eurogroup ‘agreement’ in Malta, gave the parliamentary majority some breathing space, but not the peace and clarity that is necessary for the future.

Assessment of Greece’s Debt Sustainability

Following a huge delay and several concessions from both government and lenders, there was an initial agreement for the closing of the second evaluation that will allow Greece to get into the ECB QE program, something which the Greek side has wanted since January.

This pre-agreement, of course, will do anything but bring cause for celebration to the Greek government as the assessment “war” is not over and the bills which must be submitted and voted on are both difficult and many. Following the IMF’s Spring Meeting unpleasant surprises are not ruled out.


If a year ago someone could give absolution to the failures and delays in government work today two years after the SYRIZA-ANEL coalition came to power, there is no excuse.

Suffering with the chronic problem of selecting persons from the small pool of SYRIZA members and the fear of opening up to society, the government continues to make the same mistakes it made since taking office. The efforts made for new blood in the government circles, stopped reactions of executives who believe that governability is a partisan affair.

With the exception of some productive Ministries such as the Foreign Affairs Ministry, the Infrastructure and Networks, Defence, Tourism and other vital ministries remain inert and even sabotage government work making it twice as hard.

In the last Cabinet Meeting, Alexis Tsipras sounded the alarm, but no one knows if they heard it or if they remain trapped in their leftist obsessions. It is worth noting that in “active” Ministries, there are ministers who do not come from SYRIZA.

Maximus and Communication

Alexis Tsipras is neither the first nor the last to be trapped by the Maximus environment. It has also happened with previous Prime Ministers and this was their fatal mistake that eventually removed them from power. Of course that wasn’t the only thing but it was definitely a major contributing factor.

Those who have the know- how in the Prime Minister’s Staff, are far from having a positive view. They speak of total disorganiation, lack of information and manipulation of state media, to the point that both the Athens News Agency and the state run TV ERT have been discredited.

Some consider that “imprisoning” Alexis Tsipras in the Maximus Mansion, will protect him from any mistakes, but this leads the Maximus Mansion to making fatal mistakes that are then charged to the Prime Minister, with all the repercussions that might follow.

Leftist “agoraphobia” is known to those who pass time with them. Some people say that this is a remnant of the time the Left was persecuted, this might be so, but in a society where everything comes to light quickly, trying to manage the agenda, instead of setting it yourself, is problematic and an obstacle in the production of any work.

The Mini Easter holidays, may be the catalyst to developments that the government needs in order to fulfil its work. Time flies and it is not always in favour of the government. Alexis Tsipras, wants the elections to be held in 2019, without specifying exactly when. He should correct his government’s mistakes first if he wants to get there and also expect to have a satisfactory result./ΙΒΝΑ