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Tsipras got rid of Left Platform & replaced all ‘rebel’ ministers

Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras got rid of the Left Platform Ministers in his cabinet and had a government reshuffle Friday afternoon.

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19 comments

  1. René Henri Pasche

    Bravo. The revolution must stop.

    • The changes are pretty limited: Only one minister (out of 13) and four alternate ministers, all of whom voted against the prior actions were removed. A total of nine government positions were affected, but that includes ministers switching posts (e.g., alternate minister for Administrative Reform Giorgos Katrougalos taking over the Labor Ministry). Most importantly, the new personnel came from SYRIZA and Independent Greeks. No “technocrats” or members of pro-EU parties. I am not certain whether this is the case because they were not invited or because they declined. Either way, it looks like the people who least believe in the agreement (as Tsipras likes to say) will be responsible for implementing it.

      • You are off your head. NOBODY in the entire world believes in the agreement. Have you not grasped that this is all a big joke? (and made at the expense of Greece, as a “punishment for their Greek Spring” — as the Slovakian far right government has helpfully explained).

    • Is that what’s been happening ?
      Crickey, have I been confused in a big way.

  2. ederlezi -gyongyvirag

    And what does Central Comitte of Syriza say about this?

  3. Sincerely I did not understand Tsipras.
    Last referendum decided nothing .
    It was a waste.
    Now it was the time to do the referendum, yes or no to european proposal.
    And Tsipras should campaign for the yes.
    If he had done that.., he would have won…, and he would get much reinforced against left syriza platform.

    His authority would have got much boosted.

  4. Greece needs another General Election and quickly. This time I hope those parties opposed to the troika work together to enable Greece to get its sovereignty back and kick out all the multi-nationals about to flood into the country to buy up Greece’s state silver courtesy of Tsipras & the IMF

  5. Tsipras has still not the votes to govern!

  6. I understand Tsipras fully. He had a choice of Grexit and austerity, like Varoufakis said : “We were given a choice between being executed and capitulating”. Grexit would not be pleasant.
    He does not believe in austerity – but he must try it. So he must have loyal people.
    PS. I still think that Greece was on a good way in time of Samaras. I also think that Grexit would have been better 2010, now – after so many sacrifices – it is probably better to continue the horror path of austerity, simply because Grexit in 2010 would have been from another level, a higher level of GDP , level of life and so on. Portugal and so on seem to get slowly out of the problems. Of course, no surety – I would bet 51 to 49…
    So welcome in the club of Austerians and good luck on the new way. I hope that Mr Tsipras will become a good statesman after so many difficult choices.

  7. PS. And it was at last a decision ! The worst was no decision… Even a bad decision is often better than no decision (I think in military studies they say it). What I did not like, was waiting – the price that Greece paid for waiting was enormous.

    • No, in fact no decision may be preferable. With no decision, the probability was that the European Union would unravel. This would be better for Greece. Tsipras should have walked out, in retropect. But I am not sure that I could have, so I don’t pass judegment.

      • I would have to disagree with your opinion. By demonstrating erratic behavior and taking passive-aggressive positions, the Greek government managed to antagonize the rest of the EZ and unite them in their frustration. The promise of a Grexit failed to unravel the EU economy or the world markets. If a Grexit scenario is what what you call “no decision”, the EZ leaders would have been forced to strengthen it right away to prevent contagion in other debtor nations like Portugal, Spain and Italy (maybe, along the lines of Hollande’s ideas he shared over this past weekend).

        It was only when Tsipras started to be more flexible and willing to compromise cracks between different creditors’ positions appeared. France, Italy and Cyprus each demonstrated more leniency towards Greece for their own reasons. Unfortunately, the overall situation had worsened by then, so reasonable compromises that were possible just a few months prior to that became impossible.

        • Giaourti Giaourtaki

          As you were not part in this “negotiations” you can’t write about it.
          No decision means: No Greek parliament will exist, as it makes no sense to exist in an occupied country, no politician will be found to “negotiate” anything with, nobody will speak the languages of these nasty bastards and all the EZ-embassies will leave as fast as possible and run for their gangster’s life.
          Destroy Systems by Ignorance

        • The erratic behaviour of the Eurogroup is what you should worry about. By refusing to deal with the economic realities of Europe and specifically of the crisis that they have created by bailing out banks with taxpayers’ money, the irresponsible Eurogroup have plunged the EU into political crisis and probably the collapse of Europe as well as the destruction of the greek economy.
          We do not need your silly ideas about how to negotiate: you cannot negotiate with evil: the only recourse is to fight.

        • Giaourti Giaourtaki

          “Erratic behaviour” – This sounds like Mazda Adli who writes as a “scientist” about Tsipras as if he is schizzo, are these the 21st century Mengeles?

    • I agree with most everything you are saying.

      I think Samaras had made some progress, but also overestimated the degree to which the Greek economy had stabilized. He was hoping he can borrow on the open market enough to be able to repay the creditors (esp. the IMF?) and ignore the previous agreements, which were politically difficult to implement. That, as well as the elections that followed and brought Tsipras to power, worsened the Greek economic situation exponentially.

      Personally, I do not know enough about the Greek economy to judge whether a Grexit would have been better than the agreements in 2010, 2012 or even now. At least some Greek leader should have told the citizens that difficult times are coming — no matter what path is chosen, and mobilized them to go together and quickly through that period. Instead, it was populism (“foreigners are causing our suffering”) and haggling with the creditors. The populism continues to this day.

      I also do not think Tsipras went through a period of indecision. He (likely with major input from Varoufakis) made a decision to antagonize the creditors (show them that “enough is enough”), and threaten them with “mutually assured destruction” if they do not relax the conditions on the previous deal. I agree in the end both sides lost (largely due to the worsening situation in Greece), but Greece paid a much greater price.

      • Giaourti Giaourtaki

        What a you lying about? Go in your shitty country and side with the Nazis who hunt foreigners, agitated by politicians, nothing like this happened from any preaching “against foreigners” in Greece the last 6 months.
        Your aim and the one of the paper you are writing for is to scare off tourists with more anti-Greek hunt and if Greek restaurants get arson it’s like always not your fault but you’ll enjoy the flames and the screams.

        • He is scaring of tourists? Not the ones constantly insulting finns, germans and basically all easter europeans?

        • “Shitty country”, “paper you are writing for”, was that a message for me? I am not Greek, of course, but am proud to have Greek friends and shop at a local Greek store. No intend to burn down my source of olives and feta 🙂