OPINION

Unwise tactics

Just when the economy started to recover, the specter of political turbulence has risen once more. SYRIZA is seeking to manipulate the upcoming presidential election to trigger snap elections even though this could paralyze the economy and the state.

After the European elections, the government made the mistake of dancing to the tune of the opposition. Instead of posing as the solid force, it went into polarization mode. Instead of relying on smart and determined political staff, it put forward populist cadres. Instead of throwing its weight behind a serious, mutually-acceptable presidential nominee, it allowed speculation to escalate. Instead of playing down hopes about the post-memorandum era, it cultivated extraordinary expectations.

The game is not lost but bold decisions need to be taken. But if the administration can’t get its act together, then it would be wiser to bring the presidential election forward and put an end to uncertainty.