ATHENS – Former Premier and New Democracy leader Antonis Samaras said the new Radical Left SYRIZA-led government will have to sign a new memorandum with international lenders and raise taxes among other tough conditions.
Samaras’ insistence on imposing harsh austerity measures demanded by the troika of the European Union-International Monetary Fund-European Central Bank (EU-IMF-ECB) led to his downfall in Jan. 25 snap elections.
He said Tsipras, who is locked in stalled talks with the troika while the country is going broke, will also have to relent and do what he’s told to save Greece.
Amid dissent in New Democracy over his leadership, he said that SYRIZA had lied to the Greek people and was leading the country into a new memorandum.
In a speech to party cadres in Xanthi, northern Greece, Samaras said the government’s “red lines” in negotiations had become black and warned that a barrage of taxes was ahead. The negotiations are “a fiasco,” he said, referring to Tsipras’ insistence he will not go after pensions or labor reforms the troika wants.
Kathimerini said former conservative Premier Costas Karamanlis, whose administration lied about the country’s economic predicament, said SYRIZA’s procrastination isn’t working and that he’s unhappy with the way Samaras is running New Democracy.
After he was whipped in the 2009 elections, Karamanlis, who remained a sitting Member of Parliament, essentially vanished from the public scene and wouldn’t talk about reports his government lied.