Two main points of convergence were agreed upon at the second Syriza congress, which ended Sunday in Athens. On one hand, the need to continue to govern the country, and on the other, they need to prove their ability to carry out a clear left-wing policy.
Alexis Tsipras was re-elected party chairman with 93.5 percent of the vote (he had obtained 74 percent at the first congress in 2013), while in the new Central Committee composed of 151 members, the candidates who got the most votes were the Minister of Finance Efklidis Tsakalòtos and the Minister of Education Nikos Filis. The clear message is, then, that “the people of Syriza” want a party deployed on the left, without getting to the nostalgic positions of orthodox communism of KKE.
What is feared — and must be avoided — is the possibility of a position similar to Andreas Papandreou’s PASOK, which was a party with strong social demands but that over the years, especially after their rise to power, has gradually shifted toward the center. It has been found that the dialogue with European social democracy must remain open (if nothing else, for the spirit of realism), but each one must be able to preserve their own identities.