Premier’s choice

Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras was not elected by the 4 percent that has traditionally formed the hard core of SYRIZA supporters. Greeks may be desperate and exhausted but they still have their common sense. The vast majority do not share the opinions of that 4 percent on issues pertaining to education, law and order and entrepreneurship.

Those who elected Tsipras expected three things: jobs, a better deal with Greece’s lenders within the eurozone and a more modern style of governance. What they have seen so far is a market that is frozen (if not shattered), a country on the brink of bankruptcy and the same old system of cronyism reigning over the public administration.

The premier still enjoys the tolerance if not support of a significant number of Greeks. The decision of whether he will continue to follow the extreme elements in his party or seek broader alliances and support to get the country out of the storm lies entirely in his hands and he is already long overdue in deciding who he’s going to stick with and who he will let go.

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