Greece’s Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has opted to participate in this year’s World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. While he’s there, he will have to persuade global leaders, financial backers and others of his honest intentions regarding reforms back home and the way in which international investors look at Greece.
The circumstances are not particularly good. The government’s reckless attempt to hijack the state apparatus has provoked a strong reaction, while its obsession with issues such as the Skouries mining project have also added to the gloomy atmosphere.
Last time Tsipras chose to take part in a similar event he did not leave a good impression. Let’s hope that this time he will realize the weight his presence at Davos carries, given that he is representing a country, not just a government. In Switzerland, he will face a skeptical audience which, following a year of SYRIZA-Indepedent Greek rule, is expecting action, not words.