Last week, after repeatedly promising his people that his government would end the austerity measures crippling Greece, Tsipras put forward a package of proposals that will bring yet more austerity, more tax rises and more misery.
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Yesterday the country’s creditors accepted these proposals; there will be a deal. To make matters worse, this came just a week after the country voted comprehensively in a referendum – which Tsipras called – to reject further austerity. In possession of a mandate to say no, Tsipras said yes.
The move has already caused a significant, if so far containable, rift within Greece’s governing coalition. The energy minister Panayiotis Lafazanis, who heads Syriza’s left platform, has already declared that he won’t vote for the legislation when it comes before parliament on Wednesday to be passed into law. But, nor, he said, would he resign. Meanwhile, Panos Kammenos, head of the Independent Greeks party that governs in coalition with Syriza, also claimed his party wouldn’t vote in favour. But like Lafazanis, he showed no desire to relinquish his position as defence minister or pull his party out of the coalition. Dissent in Greek politics clearly has its limits.
via The Guardian