Greece: Trying to understand SYRIZA
This is less of a blog more of a series of notes to try and enhance understanding of who SYRIZA and its leader Alexis Tsipras actually are, and how they might behave if, as polls suggest, they become the winning party in a second Greek general election. I’ve been troubled by the lack of historical depth in most of the profiles published in newspapers; and of course my own knowledge is limited to...
Greekonomics (Blog Preview 8 May 2012)
I’ve interviewed Greek leftist leader Alexis Tsipras once, on a street demonstration. He is, as all commentators say, very smart. Too smart to do something as dumb as take over the government of Greece at this juncture. In any case, the unwillingness of the Greek communist party, the KKE, to participate in SYRIZA led left government means Tsipras will, like the leader of New Democracy yesterday,...