“As citizens’ protection minister, I had to tackle crime. I did not have time to study the memorandum.” Chrysochoidis, who was the first minister to declare his intention to challenge for the PASOK leadership, has recently been critical of the terms of the memorandum, arguing that the austerity measures compounded Greece’s economic problems. New Democracy spokesman Yiannis Michelakis said that Chrysochoidis’s admission that he did not study the text of the loan agreement, signed in May 2010, displayed “nerve, irresponsibility and dangerous views.”
“Clearly, he was not the only case,” said Michelakis. Meanwhile, Coalition of the Radical Left (SYRIZA) leader Alexis Tsipras launched a stinging attack on the EU-IMF loan agreement.
“The memorandum has been a success,” he told his party’s MPs. “Its aim was to achieve an internal devaluation, to impoverish the Greek people, to reduce wages, to abolish labor rights and to destroy state social care,” he said.