In his speech following yesterdays election, Prime Minister-elect Alexis Tsipras sailed between big promises of European unity, national reconstruction and reforms and policies that will help Greece and the EU move towards a more prosperous relationship. But how many of its promises can the leftist party accomplish?
Syriza and Alexis Tsipras have promised to work on what they have identified as 4 main pillars for their national reconstruction plan. The party wants to rebuild “the welfare state, restoring the rule of law” and create “a meritocratic state.” Alarmingly, China, a Communist State, is the most meritocratic state that comes to mind. This is what possibly reminds us of Tsipras’ beginnings as a communist youth leader who also protested against globalisation.
The Greek public was split. The outcome of the election speaks of a people who do not believe their government was working and voted for a government that will work within the lines of the previous one; but that will give different results. This, will be extremely tough.
I asked yesterday, in a post embedded at the end of this article, who would answer serious questions about the future of Greece and its role in the EU. Tsipras, easily won this election after having capitalized on the failures of previous governments to please the public. He walked into these elections a sure winner. So we make no mistake, Tsipras is not our Gandhi or our Mandela. He is not even our Obama. He’s a passerby.
We’re still far from forming a government that is willing to work for the reconstruction of the Greek identity and that will restore the foundations of Hellenism and reconfigure them for the twenty-first century. We are very far from electing officials with a vision for this little, but great country.
But, one thing is true, hope has returned to Greece. Greeks hope that some steps can be taken to better their lives right now, because this was a vote of “I can’t take this anymore”.
It is true, that Greece and the Greeks have a lot to offer to the their country and to the world, and it is not lack of potential that hasn’t allowed Greece to push through. But the world has a lot to teach and give to Greece and there has never been a better time for that. This government has to realise that it has to work within the global political framework, not arrogantly oppose it.
Let’s hope that the Syriza-lead government will not disappoint and hope that Greeks, Greece and their European partners can continue to work together in the building of the Union for a better tomorrow for Greece, Europe and the world. A sense of hope has returned, can you capitalise on that Mr. Tsipras?