Greece needs a good opposition party just as much as it needs a good government. While leftist SYRIZA may express the outrage and desperation felt by the victims of the crisis, it has failed to convince voters that it is ready to govern. In Parliament, several of its deputies engage in the kind of behavior that belongs in a university amphitheater, something which undermines people’s already jaded view of the political system even further.
Their response to every investment and every reform is “no.” They are quick to make untenable promises and their so-called program resembles a high school essay. Moreover, it appears that the opposition leader is unable to control his party’s internal quibbling. Alexis Tsipras has acquired a good understanding of the country’s position and the difficult choices of government, so there is no explanation for the extreme line so often adopted by his party’s deputies. Greece is in a critical situation and everyone needs to get serious, and fast.