Both have long left aside their personal positions and their public statements are within the frames set by the party. Panagiotis Lafazanis together with Dimitris Stratoulis and three other associates is dealing with employment issues and it is even believed that he could take the Ministry in a future party cabinet.
Particular is the case of Stathis Kouvelakis who has been for years a supporter of the idea of leaving the euro area. He is a professor of philosophy at the University of Paris and a professor of political philosophy at King's College London. Although a party candidate for deputy, he was not involved in the creation of SYRIZA’s programme.
A think tank, which affects to some extent the economic positions of SYRIZA leadership, is the initiative of European Economists for an Alternative Economic Policy in Europe. Four major compilers of the economic programme of the radical left and many other Greek economists and academics supporting the party opposed the euro in the past.