Syriza party leader Alexis Tsipras is very smart, says the BBC's Paul Mason - "too smart to do...

Syriza party leader Alexis Tsipras is very smart, says the BBC's Paul Mason - "too smart to do something as dumb as take over" in Greece right now. This means another technocratic government will likely be put in place to rubber-stamp decisions made in Brussels until new elections, maybe in June or the Fall. The downward spiral continues.

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  • bob adamson
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    The newly arisen Young Turks of the not too far Left such as Aexis Tsipras and the old school crafty political fixers of the not too far Right such as Antonis Samaras of the New Democracy Party, each in his own way, appear to be avoiding responsibility for the assumption of power at this perilous time for Greece. Each may be hoping that others will take ephemeral power now and with it the odium of the draconian austerity measures and/or the political, social and economic chaos that might were ensue as events unfold. Each thereby may hope to reap his reward in the form of clear political success in subsequent elections.


    The smart move for them all would be to engineer a short term technocratic government to hold the fort while the Hollande-Merkel debate over austerity and stimulus unfolds, carry out necessary measures to prevent the Greek economic and fiscal situation falling into chaos and create circumstances for a further general election in the fall or next spring. The too smart by half move would be to precipitate an election in early June the outcome of which likely being even less propitious for Greece and themselves than the present.


    The Communists and fascists are waiting in the wings and only they (and not the Tsipras or Samaras types) will prosper if chaos ensues.
    8 May 2012, 04:24 PM Reply Like
  • bob adamson
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    It's a bit too early to cheer but there are indications that PASOK and ND, the two Greek Parties that historically have dominated Greek politics, and, more importantly, that hold 149 of the 300 seats in the newly elected Parliament have found a third Party prepared to join in a new coalition government pledged to doing what is necessary to keep Greece within the EU and maintain the Euro as the Greek currency while pressing for better terms.


    Essentially the rapid growth of popular support of the Syraza Party lead by Alexis Tsiparas is causing some moderate leftists outside PASOK and Syriza to fear their prospects if another election must be held in June. These moderate leftists, who also support the EU and Euro projects albeit not the harshness of the bailout terms (a set of positions that, arguably, a majority of Greeks continue to support), also see hope in the election of Hollande in France and shifts underway in the German domestic political scene..


    See the following sites for further developments:


    10 May 2012, 06:33 PM Reply Like
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