Published: 24 Feb 2015
Author: Jonathan Clyne (a member of TSN)
The new deal between the Syriza-led Greek Government and the EU Finance Ministers appears to leave things more or less unchanged: in effect postponing a confrontation for four months.
However, on the Left, reactions to the agreement have been sharply different. On one side, some have said that “Varoufakis’s strategy was pure genius, mainly because it knocked the EU finance ministers off balance and threw the process into turmoil”, and by the EU leaders agreeing to the deal “they would be acknowledging (and, tacitly, approving) Greece’s determination to make the program less punitive in the future.”
At the other extreme, the deal has been presented as a “betrayal”, the result of not going for a full blown socialist revolution. Somewhere in between these positions, there is the view that “we should give the government a chance”. That they need a breathing space after just getting elected.
All these views miss the point. They do not relate to the hopes and aspirations of Greeks of finally getting politicians that keep what they promise. Success in politics, for those that oppose the establishment is not decided by being ‘clever’ either with tactics or slogans nor by being ‘patient’, but by mobilisation.