The government’s mandate was to renegotiate with the country’s partners and lenders, without, however, creating a complete rift. Most SYRIZA officials accept this and it’s also reflected in opinion polls. Negotiations so far have proved that Greece may be in a position to win on certain crucial points, such as lowering the target for primary surpluses.
What is needed now is for the all the “tough guy” posturing to stop and for publicity to be replaced by actual governing. It’s not an easy task for clearly there is major friction within the coalition parties. Meanwhile, certain Northern European hawks are doing their best to make the entire project even harder. Things need to cool down given that the economy and public coffers have reached their limit.
Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras will find allies in society in this difficult mission, even if that means losing the support of those in favor of a rift and the drachma. There is no time left for wrangling and hesitation.