It goes without saying that the political opposition has an institutional obligation to keep the government in check.
SYRIZA’s latest video campaign against Greece’s seven-month-old conservative administration is a legitimate move, even if it occasionally resorts to half-truths and cheap populism, like when it misrepresents the prime minister’s diplomatic activity as tourism.
Criticism is legitimate even when it is in bad taste. However, the opposition has a duty to go beyond blanket propaganda. It must also play a constructive role. When it comes to major issues, the country’s main leftist opposition has yet to present any proposals. We shall keep waiting.