ATHENS – Under fire from even his own party, Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras is hoping to rally the Radical Left SYRIZA and Greeks into backing him despite more looming reforms.
With envoys from the Quartet of the European Union-International Monetary Fund-European Central Bank-European Stability Mechanism due back in the fall with demands to get rid of workers rights and for more austerity, Tsipras is trying to dig in his heels to appease his party and beleaguered Greeks and satisfy the lenders too.
Tsipras is still hoping to change the Constitution too but is getting almost nowhere with any of his plans as rival parties have picked up the sniping of his reneging on anti-austerity promises and bowing to the Quartet repeatedly.
The hard core within SYRIZA also wants to make sure people’s primary homes are protected from foreclosures as Tsipras is expected to give the green light for banks to go after them, breaking another campaign pledge.
The fall will be crunch time as more tax hikes kick in at the same time the creditors are in town pushing Tsipras to give in even more.
With anarchists running amok, the major opposition New Democracy Conservatives are also attacking Tsipras for being easy on crime and soft on law-and-order issues as some elements in SYRIZA want him to go easy on law breakers who go after establishment symbols.
New Democracy spokesman Giorgos Koumoutsakos ripped government spokeswoman Olga Gerovasili for her delayed response to the recent interruption of a mass at Thessaloniki’s cathedral by self-styled anarchists.
“I must revile with all my might the fact that the government remained speechless for at least 48 hours after this first attack,” he told Real FM, noting that Gerovasili was quick to condemn a subsequent arson attack on the Holy Synod’s offices in Athens.