Editorial: Near the end of an inappropriate relationship
The partner relationship between SYRIZA and the Independent Greeks appears to have reached its limits, as revealed by the…
The partner relationship between SYRIZA and the Independent Greeks appears to have reached its limits, as revealed by the junior coalition partner’s decision to vote against the civil partnership bill. This alliance, which emerged as part of the anti-bailout struggle, is rocked every time a bill is tabled in Parliament which reveals the contradictions and major differences of opinion in the government coalition.
A party from the left that declares that it wants to see society progress, chose to strategically cooperate with a party that is extreme, nationalist and reactive to all reforms. This alliance has caused reactions both within SYRIZA and amongst our European partners, who question this weird cooperation.
The collapse of the anti-bailout myths, upon which the “inappropriate” government alliance was based, is gradually depleting its use and efficiency. The support from the opposition in every progressive reform cannot be an alibi for maintaining it much longer.
The personal attacks launched by the Independent Greeks leaders against ministers and government officers, despite the efforts of the Prime Minister’s office to play them down, reveal just how fragile the coalition can be, given then slim majority, as the contradictions and social problems increase.
If Mr. Tsipras wants to remain in power he must make preparations for the next day. Despite the cries of the Avgi editors about dark centers and under-the-table arrangements, the expansion of the government majority will be dictated by reality and the country’s need to finally put an end to the perpetual uncertainty.