ND again slams austerity policies, stresses failure of Memorandum

Main opposition New Democracy's spokesman Yiannis Mihelakis attacked the government on Monday over a promotional advertisement released the previous Saturday, which he said was little more than propaganda.
"Who are they targeting and who believes them? They claim to have done things over the past 20 months that had not been done in all the years previously but the truth is that in the past 20 months we have lost all that has been gained in the previous years," Mihelakis asserted.

He stressed that nothing was moving forward as the country sank into recession.

The spokesman also referred to the protests taking place in Syntagma and other cities around Greece in the past weeks, stressing that these were not protests organised by political parties but under "symbols that unite" and that no one could count the protestors as their "own voters".

Mihelakis said the dilemma "Medium-Term Strategy or default," raised by the government was false and that the country was courting default by continuing down its present path, using the same mistaken formula for exiting the crisis.

He repeated the need for an immediate renegotiation of the terms of the memorandum, adding that the government was not seeking consensus but "accomplices".

"The prescription of the Memorandum has failed and what is being given is a bigger dose of the same wrong medicine. We will wait for the measures to be made specific and then adopt a position," the spokesman added.
Mihelakis also announced that ND leader Antonis Samaras will begin a European tour on Tuesday, meeting with French Prime Minister Francois Fillon in Paris at 5:15 p.m. and the president of the European People's Party (EPP) Wilfried Martens in Brussels on Wednesday morning.

There will follow a dinner for Samaras given by Martens that will be attended by European Council President Herman Van Rompuy. At 3:30 on Wednesday, Samaras will meet European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso.

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