Greece’s main left-wing parties – SYRIZA and the Communist KKE – appear to be locked in a race to achieve the dubious distinction of being the most militant – or some would say the most revolutionary – in their mode of protest. Let’s hope this is not the case.
The country needs stability and calm. It can no longer afford the cost of practices that were for better or worse tolerated in the years before the debt crisis. Tactics such as Wednesday’s occupation of the Labor Ministry offices by members of the KKE-affiliated PAME union, will simply not help anyone find a job or improve their income.
Any European states that made progress did so after achieving agreement between unions, employers and government. Greece needs all the maturity it can muster in the coming months. Extreme tactics will only hinder the common objective of rescuing the country.