Athens, May 25, 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency
By Spiros Sideris
In less than a month, SYRIZA, the first leftist government completes one and a half year in power. One and a half year so tight politically and even more so economically, which would be at least unfair to judge a party for what it promised and what it did not do in this time.
SYRIZA, which began as a reaction in 2012, opposite to the old PASOK and its policy, became hope in 2015 against the euro-one way and won the election from the ND-PASOK coalition, however not with the difference one would have expect.
Its political speech often exceeded the limits of populism, oftentimes conveying what the average voter wanted to hear. But this is not something new in greek politics. In the recent past, George Papandreou had said the now infamous “there are money”, while he was talking, as was revealed by the then Director General of the IMF, the way for the economic salvation of Greece.
Antonis Samaras called voters, officials and media several times at the Zappeion Mansion to present them the alternative proposition-solution of the New Democracy. And all this in a period of 2 years. Because if one goes further back, surely too many pages would be needed to write the populism of the permanent ruling parties of PASOK and ND.
But politics is the art of the possible and I would add of realism, in a political, economic and geostrategic environment, which almost tore the EU apart, not at all friendly for a small country such as Greece.
It is pretty much known what happened in the first seven months of the SYRIZA – ANEL coalition government. Rerouting, split (natural phenomenon on the Left) and all forces in the negotiation. The corollary of all these, minimal government work and redesigning of the “policy” of SYRIZA with a more practical logic.
SYRIZA, led by Alexis Tsipras, has managed to pass the reefs until now, without very considerable opposition from a national audience, exhausted but also “betrayed” as many say.
But here there is a big difference, despite all the efforts of local and foreign interests. Tsipras remains, even without the support, but just with the connivance of the people, “clean” opposite the major issue of corruption, which everyone discussed but no one touched.
To build an omelet, you must break eggs. To return to the bond markets Greece must implement what the former government had signed and those signed by Tsipras. The former governments did not break any eggs, because they never served an omelette. The unions proved stronger than the political will of ND-PASOK.
Tsipras realized, even belatedly, that the “revolution” can wait to take place at the right moment with all the lives at hand, and not just with the last one, as in the video games. Indeed, reality does not grant you extra lives.
In the same way, you can not relinquish a vision. And Tsipras’ vision, I want to believe, is to make it. Not because he is hooked with power, as so many are writing (is the latest viral of the media), but because he knows that a failure of a Left government, however left that is, would mean the end for a change in policy both in Greece and Europe.
Certainly power is lustful and may entice some but not the majority. From what I understand, in the one and a half year I have been watching the Prime Minister closely, mostly abroad, he conveys to me the strength of one who believes and knows that he is right, who is sure that sooner or later, not for his own vindication, but for the hope he gave, that he will succeed not for his party, but for society.