Despite the element that binds them, which is none other than staying in power, and a political and often aesthetic alignment, it is obvious that many in SYRIZA want to rid themselves of the Independent Greeks, the junior partner in the ruling coalition.
Among them is former education minister Aristides Baltas, who touched upon the issue of this seemingly paradoxical political co-habitation in an interview with Ta Nea. “From the moment we have left behind the bipolar scheme of memorandum-anti-memorandum, there must be a new discussion,” Baltas said.
In fact, the memorandum-anti-memorandum dichotomy ceased to exist on the day that the third bailout memorandum was signed by the SYRIZA-Independent Greeks government.
Anti-memorandum forces were excluded by the SYRIZA-Independent Greeks government.
The fact is that the bailout memorandum ends in August. Formally, then, there is no reason for the coalition that joined the erstwhile radical left with the nationalist right.
Contrary to the Independent Greeks party, which was created due to the crisis, SYRIZA existed before the crisis, even though it owes its dramatic growth to the crisis.
SYRIZA will continue to exist after the end of the coalition government.
Yet, there can be no cleansing without an accounting. It must be explained how this psychological distance, which many SYRIZA cadres feel today, was once something more than a forced co-habitation, and how it came to be a political love affair.