Thursday, 10 May 2012
Europe's worst nightmare
Say hello to Alexis Tsipras, president of the Greek Synaspismos political party and head of Coalition of the Radical Left (SYRIZA) parliamentary group.
Who are Syriza? Here is a list of the parties that belong to the group along with a quick summary of their political positions. The list comes from Wikipedia (so it must be true):
Active Citizens (Ενεργοί Πολίτες): Democratic Socialism, Patriotism
Anticapitalist Political Group (ΑΠΟ): Communism, Trotskyism
Communist Organization of Greece (KOE): Maoism, Communism
Democratic Social Movement (DIKKI): Nationalist socialism, Euroscepticism
Ecosocialists of Greece: Eco-socialism, Left Ecology
Internationalist Workers' Left (DEA): Revolutionary socialism, Communism, Trotskyism
Movement for the United in Action Left (KEDA): Communism
Radical Left Group Roza
Radicals (Ριζοσπάστες): Democratic Socialism, Patriotism
Red (Κόκκινο): Communism, Trotskyism
Renewing Communist Ecological Left (AKOA): Democratic socialism, Eurocommunism, Green
Synaspismos (SYN): Democratic socialism, Eco-socialism, Eurocommunism, Ecologism, Feminism
Unitary Movement: Democratic socialism, Social democracy
Yesterday, the Greek President asked Tsipras to form a government. That alone should tell you something about the nature of the political crisis now facing Greece.
I imagine that asking Tsipras to form a government would be something similar to asking George Galloway to Buckingham palance and giving him the keys to Number 10.
What would it be like, I wonder, to live under a Respect administration headed by Gorgeous George and his mates? I never had to think about it before. It was just too absurd. Now, that terrible vista can no longer be ruled out. If spineless Euro-capitulationists brought Greece to utter ruin, their cousins in Britain can do the same.