Dimitris Rapidis

Greek opposition leader and President of SYRIZA-USF Mr. Alexis Tsipras is paying visit to the newly re-elected President of the United States Mr. Barack Obama. A move with symbolism, but also with real political meaning.

These days the President of SYRIZA-USF Mr. Alexis Tsipras is visiting the US having meetings with President Mr. Obama, IMF officials, Greek and American policy-makers, scholars, and entrepreneurs, in an effort to externalize his voice and political credentials, clrystallize his governmental planning, and deny all accusations made against him from the part of the Greek government for verbal inconsistency.

This visit can be split into two parts that are inextricably intrerwoven one another: the first part is the symbolic one, where Mr. Tsipras is intended to prove that is well-accepted in the circles of the liberal and global political and economic environment, after also his previous meeting with the German Finance Minister Mr. Wolfgang Schäuble in Berlin few days ago. Mr. Tsipras makes an invisioned maneuver acknowleding that nourishing and further establishing bilateral ties with some of the major global players could give him accreditation, as well as the chance to present his program openly and without intermediate channels -i.e. a modality that almost always ends up in paraphrasing meanings and misunderstandings.

From a political perspective, the most important aspect here is that the Obama program for social policy and the Medicaid and Medicare system seems to be closer to solidarity that Mr. Tsipras defends in order to create a well-established safety net during the economic crisis. From that point, the program of Obama -i.e. whether or not being finally implemented in practice- comes closer to the political ideas of Mr. Tsipras than any other aspect of the strict monetary and austerity politics of the Eurozone. This is quite interesting as someone could expect that the European political ideas could seem closer to Mr. Tsipras mindset; but yet it happens the exact opposite.

Most importantly, nobody will ever hear of learn what was exactly discussed between the two leaders until some policy signs of Mr. Tsipras come into practice if his party get the governance.

Until then, we cannot make any predictions other than just monitoring and evaluating Mr. Tsipras’ strategic moves. As fas as I am concerned, his diplomatic advisory understands and implements the multilateral significance of foreign relations. And this a sign against all accusations made against Mr. Tsipras’s deterrence -but not inclusive- mode towards the actual, global economic establishment.

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