Main opposition New Democracy (ND) leader Antonis Samaras launched a scathing attack on the government over the economy, addressing a meeting on Sunday of the chairmen of his party's prefectural committees, and called on ND local organizations to intensify their presence in society in the coming weeks.

The crisis of the economy and the country is deepening, the PASOK government is preparing new measures that will intensify the stifling of the economy, unemployment and the shut downs of businesses, Samaras warned, adding that the unprecedented measures that the PASOK government has imposed to date had scant results and the sacrifices of the people were going to waste.

He said that the criticism he has made to now has proved correct, given that even ruling PASOK MPs not in government posts are now admitting that the Memorandum is not working.

"ND will change the policy of asphyxiation. It will make the economy work for the country to exit the Memorandum," Samaras said, and said the program he will unveil will show how the economy can function.

Samaras accused the government of not producing revenues, but only deficits, and pledged that ND will remedy the injustices against the low salary and pension earners.

Speaking of a lack of credibility of politics, Samaras said that ND will bring back hope and dignity. ND's contribution to restoring the credibility of the politicians will be the submission of a framework of positions and solutions, and specific proposals, without populism and without cultivating excessive expectations.

"Our commitment is a policy based on principles and values in order to restore hope and dignity," he said.

Samaras: PASOK is the country's problem

Main opposition New Democracy (ND) leader Antonis Samaras ruled out any prospect of co-governance with ruling PASOK or collaboration with the other parties of the so-called center-right sphere, in an interview to appear in the Sunday edition of Kathimerini newspaper.

"They are not asking us for responsibility, they are asking for complicity. We will not give it to them," Samaras said.

He said that it was a matter of time before ND found itself again ahead of the ruling party and secured a clear mandate from a broad social majority, and also said he understands that "the people who are disappointed with PASOK are hesitant before taking the next step in ND's direction".

Samaras stressed that the Memorandum is an example to be avoided, and accused PASOK of being the country's problem.

"PASOK is a captive of its own lies and the impasses in which it has entrapped the economy," the main opposition leader said, and ruled out any room for collaboration.

As for former ND minister and leader of the newly-formed Democratic Alliance party Dora Bakoyannis and Popular Orthodox Rally (LAOS) leader George Karatzaferis, Samaras reminded that they had cooperated fully with the PASOK government's policy of implementing its impasses, and were thus jointly responsible, and stressed that the door to a pre-electoral or post-electoral collaboration "is closed".

On the exploitation of the state's real property, Samaras accused the government of, with its policy, proceeding to a sell-off, and not exploitation, of the state assets. He added that he would not enter into any dialogue on the economy because "they are not asking us for responsibility, they are asking for complicity, and we will not give it to them".