SYRIZA makes its next move, appealing to the center

SYRIZA leader Alexis Tsipras (third from right) is seen at the swearing-in ceremony of the interim Parliament in Athens, on Sunday. [Yorgos Karahalis/AP]

What ought to have been done decisively and systematically by the main opposition since the 2019 elections which brought the conservatives to power will be attempted in the next 30 days.

One look at the people appointed to the new SYRIZA Electoral Committee is enough to see the party's sharp turn towards the political center. Most of the big names are absent, including old party staples. All the cadres who have been associated with SYRIZA's tumultuous period between 2012 and 2015 are in a peculiar state of supervision by the party president and his press office. They will not be able to appear in the media without prior permission from the party. In short, they will enter a similar category to former minister Pavlos Polakis, who had been pardoned by leader Alexis Tsipras following a string of controversial remarks, on the condition, we assume, that he minimizes his public...

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