ANA-MPA – The climate in Europe is changing and main opposition SYRIZA “is the only political force that can negotiate a better future for the Greek economy,” SYRIZA leader Alexis Tsipras claimed in an article published on Saturday by the Greek newspaper “Efimerida ton Syntakton”.
According to Tsipras, the model based on austerity and the troika “is dying under the weight of the Greek failure” and a growing number of voices were questioning both austerity and German “paternalism”.
He openly criticised Prime Minister Antonis Samaras for failing to demand that the “noose” around Greece’s neck be loosened but instead “asked for it to remain tight, prompted by the strategy of the good and obedient student, who not only does his lessons well but also ‘tells’ on his classmates to the teacher.”
Rather that leading the call for a change in policy and denouncing the tragic results of internal devaluation, Samaras was showing “remarkable tenacity in the self-flagellation of the ‘success’ story,” Tsipras added, while at the same time isolating Greece from its natural allies in Europe and those pushing for a relaxation of austerity.
Tsipras stressed that Greece now had all the potential to say ‘enough’ and bring forth a ‘new hope’ in Europe, adding that the country’s image was not the same as in 2010 and everyone now understood that the Greek people were a scapegoat and unjustly made to suffer.
“For this reason, Europe now listens to SYRIZA. It does not ‘exorcise’ it,” he added, pointing out that the European Central Bank and other central European institutions have announced a series of measures in the way of quantitative easing.
Tsipras also insisted that European institutions allowed margins of negotiation “between equal partners and not lenders who demand and borrowers that carry out.”
“All this shows that Samaras neither wants to nor is able to negotiate. Precisely because he has now identified with the memorandum and destruction. Because he also believes deeply in the destructuve policies of internal devaluation,” SYRIZA’s leader said, while promising a series of measures to give society relief and to revive the domestic market and demand.