We have no differences to settle. “In Greece, we are fighting on behalf of Germans, French and all European people.” Tsipras said: “Financial capital, bankers and capitalists have joined forces in a European union against Greeks.
They want to destroy Greece so they can attack Europe.” Tsipras referred to New Democracy chief Antonis Samaras as an “imitation” of defeated conservative French President Nicolas Sarkozy and called on the latter’s successor, Socialist Francois Hollande, to live up to promises about growth. Hollande turned down the chance to meet Tsipras, citing protocol.
“[Hollande] should know that he will soon have to answer crucial questions,” said the Greek leftist. “He will mainly have to answer whether all he said before the elections is valid after the elections because the French people sent Mr Sarkozy to vacation in Morocco not so he could be replaced by someone that will implement the same policy but by someone that will change that policy.” Tsipras underlined that he has no intention of renegotiating the EU-IMF memorandum but intends to reject it.
“The dilemma at these elections is catastrophic austerity or the prospect of hope by canceling the memorandum,” he told reporters. “The memorandum cannot be negotiated because hell cannot be negotiated.”