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Il Sole 24 Ore - Italy | Friday, August 21, 2015

Tsipras deserves a place in politicians' Olympus

With his resignation Tsipras has once again demonstrated courage and good reasoning, comments the liberal business daily Il Sole 24 Ore jubilantly: "On his own against everyone else five weeks ago in Brussels, Tsipras was bold enough to capitulate to Europe's dictates to save his country from certain disaster. Then after six months of ideological provocations and impossible demands he managed to negotiate a third bailout package for Greece within just 30 days. If he now passes this third test with flying colours and presses ahead with Greece's recovery and modernisation, Tsipras will not only deserve a place in the Olympus of great Greek statesmen, but could also become the go-to man for new European policy: the man who through an incredible and far-sighted ideological about-face prevented a Grexit and saved not only his own country but also the euro. He has shown that having the courage to be intellectually flexible - a rare virtue in European culture and thought - is ultimately everyone's moral obligation."

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