The prospect of power often has magical powers in terms of uniting a party but in SYRIZA’s case an ever more solid lead in opinion polls and the possibility that Greece will hold national elections in just a few months’ time is doing little to unite the party behind a single message.
Another weekend has passed and another set of polls have given SYRIZA a clear but not decisive lead over New Democracy.
The Athens Stock Exchange recovered some of its losses on Friday and Greek bond yields also eased after a turbulent few days as Greek officials clarified that although the government is still seeking to exit its bailout at the end of the year, it wants to do so with some kind of precautionary support.
The task of putting a brave face on what has been a disturbing week for the government and its hopes of exiting the troika bailout early fell to Finance Minister Gikas Hardouvelis on Thursday.
After seeing the Athens Stock Exchange plummet and Greek bond yields soar this week, Prime Minister Antonis Samaras sought to deflect any blame for investors' reaction from his government onto SYRIZA.
With Greece heading towards February's presidential election and possibly a general election after that, one of the main dilemmas facing SYRIZA is who it could govern with.
Deputy Prime Minister Evangelos Venizelos’s leadership of PASOK came under further strain this week, with thousands of members calling for a congress to be held to assess the party’s prospects.
Greece stepped up on Sunday its efforts to pave the way for an early and clean exit from its bailout programme at the end of the year but, as Greek officials admitted, all the options are still open.
The coalition sailed through Friday night's confidence vote, gaining the support of all of its 155 MPs, but failing to attract any others to its camp, with only two lawmakers voting "present" and 131 against the government.
A Greek delegation is due to meet International Monetary Fund managing director Christine Lagarde on Sunday to discuss the government’s plans for an early exit from its bailout programme but the former French finance minister has questioned hopes in Athens for a clean break.