(RIEAS Academic Advisor)
Copyright: Research Institute for European and American Studies (www.rieas.gr) Publication date: 2 June 2019
Note: The article reflects the opinion of the author and not necessarily the views of the Research Institute for European and American Studies (RIEAS).
Alexis Tsipras, the now defeated Greek prime minister and leader of the radical left SYRIZA party, built his career around political opportunism and crowd pleasing. When he burst onto the political scene in 2015, promising “to tear up the memoranda,” i.e. to overturn the draconian German-imposed austerity agreements that staved off Greece’s sovereign debt collapse in 2010, he almost certainly knew his promises was a gross exaggeration that could not be fulfilled. But he hesitated little...Read more