Malkoutzis: ‘Tsipras failed on all counts, yet can still clean up corrupt Greek politics…’

And here is a view by my friend, Nick Malkoutzis, one of the sharpest observers of the Greek Ordeal:

Alexis Tsipras had a chance to make a difference. He could have made a clean break, dispensing with previous Greek governments’ cronyism and lack of vision. He had an opportunity to galvanise eurozone leaders to push for a change in economic policy. He could have led a chorus arguing that the eurozone was undermining itself by allowing problems such as Greece’s to be seen as national rather than European.

He failed on all counts. A lack of preparation, the absence of a clear plan, pervasive amateurism and unwise personnel choices undermined his efforts at home and abroad. He ambled aimlessly through his first few months in government and only over the past few weeks realised his options were running out, prompting a furious flurry of activity to avoid the Grexit – which he, at least, had the self-awareness to realise Greece could not handle.

Tsipras now faces an immense task if he is to oversee further fiscal adjustment and the implementation of structural reforms in a country that socially and economically has been brought to its knees by its own failings and those of its lenders.

The Greek leader’s gamble with the referendum has at least made him stronger in domestic political terms. This gives him the chance to clean up Greek politics, tackle corruption and overhaul the public administration – as he has promised. But it won’t be easy.

Nick Malkoutzis is deputy editor of the Athens daily Kathimerini

About yavuzbaydar

Yavuz Baydar has been an award-winning Turkish journalist, whose professional activity spans nearly four decades. In December 2013, Baydar co-founded the independent media platform, P24, Punto24, to monitor the media sector of Turkey, as well as organizing surveys, and training workshops. Baydar wrote opinion columns, in Turkish, liberal daily Ozgur Dusunce and news site Haberdar, and in English, daily Today's Zaman, on domestic and foreign policy issues related to Turkey, and media matters, until all had to cease publications due to growing political oppression. Currently, he writes regular chronicles for Die Süddeutsche Zeitung, and opinion columns for the Arab Weekly, as well as analysis for Index on Censorship. Baydar blogs with the Huffington Post, sharing his his analysis and views on Turkish politics, the Middle East, Balkans, Europe, U.S-Turkish relations, human rights, free speech, press freedom, history, etc. His opinion articles appeared at the New York Times, the Guardian, El Pais, Svenska Dagbladet, and Al Jazeera English online. Turkey’s first news ombudsman, beginning at Milliyet daily in 1999, Baydar worked in the same role as reader representative until 2014. His work included reader complaints with content, and commentary on media ethics. Working in a tough professional climate had its costs: he was twice forced to leave his job, after his self-critical columns on journalistic flaws and fabricated news stories. Baydar worked as producer and news presenter in Swedish Radio &TV Corp. (SR) Stockholm, Sweden between 1979-1991; as correspondent for Scandinavia and Baltics for Turkish daily Cumhuriyet between 1980-1992, and the BBC World Service, in early 1990's. Returning to Turkey in 1994, he worked as reporter and ediytor for various outlets in print, as well as hosting debate porogrammes in public and private TV channels. Baydar studied informatics, cybernetics and, later, had his journalism ediucatiob in the University of Stockholm. Baydar served as president of the U.S. based International Organizaton of News Ombudsmen (ONO) in 2003. He was a Knight-Wallace Fellow at University of Michigan in 2004. Baydar was given the Special Award of the European Press Prize (EPP), for 'excellence in journalism', along with the Guardian and Der Spiegel in 2014. He won the Umbria Journalism Award in March 2014 and Caravella/Mare Nostrum Prize in 2015; both in Italy. Baydar completed an extensive research on self-censorship, corruption in media, and growing threats over journalism in Turkey as a Shorenstein Fellow at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard.
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