ATHENS – The To Potami party and PASOK Socialists said they will support any deal that Greece makes with international lenders in order to save the country.
Prime Minister and Radical Left SYRIZA leader Alexis Tsipras’ coalition, that includes the Independent Greeks, is locked in stalled talks with the troika of the European Union-International Monetary Fund-European Central Bank (EU-IMF-ECB) that his holding back a 7.2-billion euro ($7.91 billion) installment until more austerity is imposed.
With Greece going broke, the country could default unless a 300-million euro ($329.63 million) payment is made to the IMF on June 5, raising fears of a Eurozone exit.
With so much at stake, To Potami leader Stavros Theodorakis – usually at odds with SYRIZA – said he would sign anything that keeps Greece solvent and PASOK chief Evangelos Venizelos suggested he’d go along too.
“The agreement that Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras brings to Parliament will get To Potami’s votes,” Theodorakis said during an appearance on SKAI TV. “The country’s economy is dying. We need to give the patient oxygen first and sort out our differences afterwards.”
He also ripped former Premier and New Democracy chief Antonis Samaras, who refuses to say what he’ll do but has hinted he would not go along if the deal includes tax hikes – which he also had implemented on troika orders when he was in power.
“This kind of wishy-washy attitude is not for us,” said Theodorakis, a former TV journalist who created the centrist movement to try to bring some unity to Greek politics. He failed.
Venizelos, who served Samaras in a previous coalition, said he’s more conciliatory, even toward his archrival SYRIZA.
“We need a government that is able not only to clinch the agreement but also to implement it,” he said. “We also need a parliamentary majority that will be prepared to support such a national effort.”
Venizelos is due to step down next month, paving the way for a leadership election on June 14.