Main opposition New Democracy (ND) party spokesman Yiannis Mihelakis on Wednesday referred to the calls for consensus in Greek politics, as reportedly ascribed to French Premier Francois Fillon, European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso and Eurogroup chairman Jean-Claude Juncker, stressing that the French premier “expressed a wish”.
He underlined that what Fillon said “was not a precondition”, adding that ND leader Antonis Samaras defended the party's positions and that he “does not give in to pressures”.
Mihelakis stressed that in the meetings the ND leader will hold in Brussels, he intends to repeat ND's positions on how Greece can exit the crisis.
“The question is if the present government is able to rule. Our positions as regards the issues the country is facing are firm,” Mihelakis said, pointing out that Fillon listened carefully to what Samaras had to say and realised that the Memorandum is not working.
“We are always ready for the likelihood of snap elections,” Mihelakis added, calling on the government to state if it is capable of ruling. “If it isn’t it should say so,” he said, underlining that in that case there will be elections.
Commenting on statements made by ruling PASOK MPs during the meeting of the ruling party’s parliamentary working group on the economy, held on Tuesday, during which the government’s medium-term programme was discussed, Mihelakis said that in essence, PASOK MPs recognise that Samaras was right and agreed that the government is not telling the truth on the real state of the economy or the developments over the past 20 months since PASOK took office.
Mihelakis stressed that the government does not have the consensus of its MPs, pointing out that it calls for the consensus of the opposition to hide its ineffectiveness.
ND also accused the government of being incompetent in response to the low price in which Hellenic Telecommunications Organisation (OTE) shares were sold this week to Deutsche Telekom.