Heavy cost of indecision

Will Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras be able to tame the extremists in his party and government to sign a deal that will end the uncertainty as well as the constant, fatal flirtation with bankruptcy? So far, he has not shown much decisiveness, as he continues to swing between a rift and a compromise.

However, the cost of indecision has become hard to bear for the country. Clearly dragging on the negotiations is not aimed at striking a better deal but, rather, with persuading SYRIZA and government officials that an agreement is the best way forward.

In the meantime, it is obvious that responsible, pro-European parties will do their duty and keep the country on its feet if necessary.

Tsipras is fully aware of the dangers lying ahead and has run out of excuses for any further hesitation. The time has come for him to decide, even if this involves a confrontation his comrades and the extremist supporters of the drachma or a rift with the country’s partners. Unless, or course, he is willing to allow certain people to lead him to disaster in the name of ideological clarity and consistency.

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