Greece is facing the second election in 2015 already. Mr Tsipras faced with the disintegration of Syriza after the signing of the third Greek Bailout decided to cause an election by resigning and by refusing to join a different coalition with his remaining Syriza MPs.
I have explained elsewhere in this blog why I believed an election to be necessary. In summary I can say here that Greece suffers from a rift between those who want to remain in the Euro (no matter what) and those who want a return to the Drachma (no matter what the consequences). An election that pits those forces against each other would hopefully allow the winner to deal with the consequences of the decision (Drachma or Euro).
The current election is a lost opportunity, as no coalitions have emerged in clear support of either position. The new Laiki Enotita ( you have to admire the people who name a party ‘unity’ after splitting from someplace else), KKE and Golden Dawn support the Drachma, but are nowhere near united. Now what separates Lafazanes from Koutsoumpas other than history isn’t clear, but I don’t have the energy to go into it.
Nea Dimokratia, Potami and the washouts of the centre (Pasok, Dimar, Papandreou) should have joined in a grand coalition of intent, if not parliamentary representation. By the way, a formal coalition is not possible as the first party cannot benefit from the 50 bonus seats if they are not on their own (clever system right?). A statement of intent to cooperate post election, to support a Euro path would be good though. Only Potami has clearly stated an intent to cooperate with this aim in mind.
What about Mr Tsipras? With half of Syriza gone home or to Lafazanes and with ANEL unlikely to make it into the Parliament, how does Tsipras intend to become PM again? And why should he? Even if we don’t discuss his abysmal record in office, is there any point voting for Syriza now? Their reason for re-election seems to be the suggestion that a ‘left’ government can implement the horrors of Bailout3 better than a pro-euro (pro-austerity supposedly) coalition. Even if this were the case, why not do it now in the current Parliament under a coalition with Potami and Pasok?
Tsipras electoral gamble serves no purpose for the country. He ought to lose badly.