Costas Lapavitsas: The Syriza strategy has come to an end

Costas Lapavitsas: The Syriza strategy has come to an end

What’s your opinion on the negotiations so far? How is the government doing?

The Syriza strategy has been – and it remains – that a change in the political alignment of forces in Greece, in Europe, or generally, would act as a catalyst in the Eurozone. This strategy has now come to an end. The real question is how long it will be before people understand it.

I was always extremely skeptical of it. I always argued that it isn’t just about political alignment, there are institutional mechanisms and the logic of the monetary union. And those who believe that a simple change of politics is enough to transform this, were mistaken and I think this has been confirmed. What we’ve seen is that the institutional framework of the Eurozone and the ideological machinery attached to it are not susceptible to arguments that come from electoral realignments. So the agreement of the 20th of February at the Eurogroup reflects that.

Muidugi, see oligi põhiline Euroopa poliitika kritiseerijate jutt. Need inimesed, kellega Syriza pidi läbi rääkima, ei ole mingid pehmed kaisukarud, kes nutma hakkavad, kui kodutuid või isegi ravimite puudusel surevaid inimesi näevad Kreekas.  Neil on oma poliitiline agenda, neid ei huvita, kui halvasti Kreeka majandusel läheb.

So there is no middle way?

There is no middle way. The Eurozone will not allow it. Do I think the leadership was surprised? Yes, I suspect they were to a certain extent. Because my reading of the situation is that the leadership genuinely believed that you could change the political alignments, you could change electoral arithmetic, and on this basis change Europe, change European policies.

See tundus mulle nii naiivsena, et kahtlustasin pikka aega, et Syriza bluffib.

So what should the Greek government do in your opinion?

Greece needs to consider the true alternative path which is to leave this failed monetary union. It is clearly the only way that was there from the beginning – which is basically exit. If you are going to apply such a programme, as Syriza has proclaimed, which is not radical – Syriza’s programme is just moderate Keynesianism -, you need to think seriously of how you are going to get out of the confines of the Eurozone.

Ma ka ei näinud mingit kommunismi või isegi radikaalsust nende programmis. Pigem on vastaspoolel radikaalsed kasinlased.

Minu arvates on kõik need unistajad, kes arvavad, et aitab sellest, kui poliitikat muuta eurotsoonis. Seda ei ole minu meelest ka kõige parema tahtmise juures võimalik muuta. Ei ole mõtet kritiseerida Euroopa poliitikat ja samal ajal euroga jätkamist pooldada. See ei tööta, unistage edasi Euroopa reformimisest.

About Kristjan

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