EU won't risk Greek eurozone exit, Tsipras says

Alexis Tsipras, the leader of the Coalition of the Radical Left (SYRIZA), which has gained popularity in the polls as the prospect of more austerity looms, told Skai on Wednesday that the European Union would not be able to handle Greece leaving the eurozone as the domino would then fall on the much larger economy of Italy.

“They know that the next one to leave would be Italy,” Tsipras said.

Striking a similar tone to that being taken by labor unions faced with the prospect of cuts to wages in the private sector, Tsipras called for a three-year suspension of all payments by Greece to foreign creditors.

The SYRIZA leader reiterated his appeal for all leftwing parties to unite ahead of early elections, expected in April, which conservative New Democracy is expected to win albeit without an absolute majority.

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