Will Greece’s ruling party (that is actually a conglomeration of leftist parties cobbled together) find a way to stay one unit amidst massive disagreements related to memorandum number three, and German/EU occupation?
Todays’s emergency Syriza meeting may decide if Tsipras will have a government capable of implementing impossible reforms, or if all of Europe will once again be watching another Greek election.
The second meeting Tuesday of the political secretariat in two days resulted in a decision to call a gathering of the central committee after several SYRIZA officials belonging to the party’s radical left wing called for the government not to pursue negotiations with Greece’s lenders but to follow an “alternative” path.
Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras spoke at Monday’s meeting of the political secretariat and insisted that the government has no other viable option than to agree a new bailout with the institutions. He proposed holding an emergency SYRIZA congress, probably in September, to allow party members to debate the issue.
However, the party’s Left Platform, led by ex-Energy Minister Panayiotis Lafazanis is pushing for the congress to be held now, before a third bailout has been agreed.
The central committee members will have to decide whether they will accept either of these options or whether there should be a ballot of SYRIZA members to decide what should be done.