Theodore Pelagidis is a professor of economics at the University of Piraeus, Greece, and a nonresident senior fellow in Global Economy and Development at Brookings. He has also been a NATO scholar at the Center for European Studies at Harvard University, a Fulbright scholar at Columbia University, and an NBG professorial fellow at the London School of Economics.
I expect that Davos 2019 will focus on the coming economic slowdown, indeed in an unstable political context of increased social polarization driven by nationalistic populism both in Europe and the US. ... And by trying to define uncharted waters, it [the World Economic Forum] could lead to the realization of the high political and economic risks that the global economy is going to face in the next couple of years.
Although [Tsipras] has no international experience, he is arrogant. His ideology is close to that of the Soviet Union times. Never worked in his life, too. During the crisis he behaved as a partisan, narrow-minded politician.
I have the view that populist [Alexis] Tsipras will try to involve New Democracy to the talks with the creditors in order to share the cost of the measures that his government will have to implement immediately, in order to get the trance of 3 billion euros next November.
According to the electoral law, the party that comes first with just one vote, gets a 50 MP seats bonus in the parliament. In any case, if Syriza prevails, they will possibly form a coalition government and will give Syriza more than 160 MPs out of 300.
[Alexis Tsipras] will now run a campaign focused on an agenda against corruption, oligarchs and the old political establishment. He will try to reunite the center. In this respect, he may even gain from Syriza’s effective dissolution.