ATHENS – Taking the spot he held, Greece’s opposition parties urged Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras to deal with international lenders to stave off default and a likely Eurozone exit.
When Tsipras, the Radical Left SYRIZA leader was the opposition, he had demanded the then-ruling coalition of the presiding New Democracy Conservatives and its partner the PASOK Socialists to break off deals with the troika of the European Union-International Monetary Fund-European Central Bank (EU-IMF-ECB).
“What fiscal measures are on the table, how large will they be and who will end up getting the bill?” said To Potami in a statement demanding answers from the government. “Are we talking about completing the review of the current program or an agreement covering the next few years?” said the party led by former TV journalist Stavros Theodorakis.
PASOK, which liked to hide details of talks with the lenders, ripped Tsipras for failing to inform Parliament about the content of discussions with the lenders, a tact the Socialists preferred when in power.
“Even now, the government is referring to a long-term deal with debt relief and a growth package,” said the now-marginal PASOK. “This sounds like a third bailout but the government does not bother informing anyone about the length, funding, macroeconomic framework and terms of this agreement.”
New Democracy remained divided over what to do after reports it would oppose any deal that included tax hikes similar to those it had imposed.
Party leader and previous Premier Antonis Samaras still hasn’t tipped his hand how he feels. Former Development Minister Costis Hatzidakis said, however, that, “We have to understand, the government included, that we cannot gamble the country’s future,” he said. “We all have to be aware of our national responsibilities.”