ATHENS – The former ruling New Democracy Conservative party hasn’t said whether it would support any prospective deal with international lenders that’s holding up further installments.
The party of former Premier Antonis Samaras imposed austerity measures on orders of the troika of the European Union-International Monetary Fund-European Central Bank (EU-IMF-ECB), which cost it the Jan. 25 elections to the anti-austerity Radical Left SYRIZA party.
Samaras had railed against SYRIZA leader Alexis Tsipras for not backing the tough conditions but now it’s New Democracy hinting it would opposes the austerity measures Samaras had implemented, indicating the party won’t go along with a deal that includes tax hikes.
Other party officials, including Parliamentary Spokesman Kyriakos Mitsotakis, want to hear what the deal entails and said New Democracy shouldn’t oppose it just to oppose it for political reasons if it makes sense, which is what Samaras had frequently accused Tsipras of doing.
“We stress again that the delay in reaching an agreement has a major cost for the country and its people,” the party said in a statement after a gathering.
“As the original European party in Greece, it is logical that New Democracy cannot express an opinion on a non-existent agreement. It is clear that ND supports policies that promote growth, boost productivity and create jobs,” the statement added.
Samaras attended the political council meeting but did not speak, giving his opinion at the annual general meeting of the Hellenic Federation of Enterprises (SEV).
The troika is holding back a 7.2-billion euro ($8 billion) disbursement until Tsipras administers more of the Draconian measures against which he campaigned.