Opposition Scorns Tsipras for Launching New International Terminology: Kolotumba

Greek opposition politicians have seized on an article by Spanish paper El Pais which uses the Greek word kolotumba or somersault, to describe the post-referendum stance of Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont.

El Pais explains that kolotumba means a U-turn in politics. It’s most famous practitioner was the Greek PM Alexis Tsipras who made the term world famous, the paper says.

Recalling the Greek referendum of 2015, El Pais says that Tsipras launched a referendum on the country’s rescue plan and “ended up doing the opposite of what people voted for”.

PASOK spokesperson Pavlos Christidis commented on social media:

“Kolotumba becomes international terminology. Mr Tsipras may not have changed Europe, but he finally enriched its dictionary …”