On the 26th January 2017 two years would have passed since SYRIZA’s first election victory and it is now clear that the left wing government is not just a temporary fix.
Admittedly they were two intense years with three elections in 2015, departures, transfers, new political formations, promises that were not kept and attempts that were recorded in political history and that are left in the hands of historians to assess.
From the isolated first SYRIZA Government to the European Tsipras, who either successfully or unsuccessfully is without a doubt making his mark through his work but always within the custody of the lenders and institutions.
One could describe these years as one never ending negotiation, which cost effective productivity in government work and was helped by the inexperience of government officials as well as obsessive fixations, which strongly marked the first SYRIZA government.
Big promises for benefits, gave way to realism and fell in line with lenders requirements, who showed their true face in July 2015, with a 17 hour negotiation that could have sent Greece into bankruptcy.
Alexis Tsipras, is paying for the cowardice of previous governments that were not able to make the necessary reforms and be rid of the Memoranda. Together with the past, it’s also paying for the obsessions of the party mechanism, which prevented it from understanding how the EU and the IMF functioned.
During these two years there have not been significant changes in the country. The most important bills passed, in addition to efforts to stamp out corruption and vested interests, was the adoption of a new law on citizenship, the abolition of C-type prisons, the civil union of same-sex couples, the health care of uninsured citizens, the National register of the public sector staff, the introduction of proportional representation in the electoral system, the expansion of electronic trading and finally business license simplification.
But what changed Greece’s position is the multifaceted and proactive foreign policy followed by the FM Nikos Kotzias. The foreign policy design realized by the Greek Foreign Minister, played a key role in the expansion and openness of international relations by making it the decisive factor in the international political chessboard.
After covering half of its four-year parliamentary term, all that remains for SYRIZA to do is to prove it can govern and change sliding polls as well as gain stability in its ranks so that it is considered a serious and strong political force./IBNA