Athens, December 29, 2015/Independent Balkan News Agency
By Spiros Sideris
There is much talk after the elections in September of the formation of an ecumenical government or a cooperation government by almost all systemic and electronic Press.
With each new bill tabled in the House and every vote, the Press fills with articles that speak of a broader or ecumenical government cooperation. One would expect that the minor opposition parties would be the ones that what would attempt such a proposal or even those of the main opposition, with a draft of co-responsibility to take the country out of crisis and the Memoranda.
Apart from a few voices, and those after the “suggestion” of systemic media, who talk about a roader cooperation, it is only the Media that reiterate the same rhetoric of a weak government of 153 MPs and the need to broaden it.
But who truly wants a coalition government and why? Who fears more the fall of the government? The government itself or the opposition?
The SYRIZA – ANEL government has a majority of 153 MPs and a cushion of possibly two more MPs (Nikolopoulos and Panagoulis who became independent after the election from ANEL and SYRIZA respectively).
The ANEL and Panos Kammenos have demonstrated with their participation in the previous coalition that they can take much heat and it is not easy to break their cohesion.
After the secession of the Left Platform and the defeat of the Party of Popular Unity that was created, SYRIZA has a more pragmatic political programme and most MPs are aware of what they need to vote even if they sometimes disagree ideologically with it.
Then why is all this talk of a coalition or ecumenical government? Who really wants it?
Primarily the entrepreneurs and the media want it in order to have access to power. Since the SYRIZA – ANEL government took over, contact with power was lost for government-funded businessmen, who were dependent on private concessions and not the healthy extrovert entrepreneurship.
The only way for State “sponsorship” to return is to put in the government by any means possible political parties and politicians who can be handled and controlled at will. It is something they had been doing this for many years.
On the other hand there are parties that feel insecure that either by chance or from the reaction of the world managed to enter the House but have neither ideology nor a social foundation. Members of these parties, as the Union of Centrists and The River, are well aware that they have no future in the Greek parliament with their parties. So the search for more stable parties to them is a priority as is logical, for those keen to play a leading role in political life.
Tsipras and Kammenos know this and are indirectly trying to win over those MPs who are interested to survive politically. Something however though that contradicts the aspirations and wants of systemic civilian personnel in the country.
The time for the government is on its side. The management thus far, with all communication errors that do goes well for her. He knows that the 153 MPs is a sufficient number to meet the tests of votes. He knows that if the need arises he will have the support of MPs from other parties who are more interested in their own survival, but rather the survival of their parties, while also its is very significant and to have opposite you a main opposition on the verge of dissolution.
The government has both “the pie and the knife”. It remains to prove that it knows how to cut properly and fairly the pieces with a Left look.