ND on Rehn interview, snap elections

The main opposition New Democracy (ND) party on Tuesday remained firm on its position as regards the consensus issue despite the ongoing pressure expressed once again after the latest interview by EU Commissioner for Economic and Monetary Affairs, Olli Rehn.
ND spokesman Yiannis Mihelakis underlined that his party demands “what has already been included in the Portuguese and Irish memorandums”.

“We demand what those two countries have managed to get,” he said and asked “why do they refuse to give us what they have given to those countries, for example, horizontal cuts from a point up”.

Mihelakis presented a news report in the British daily “The Guardian” where the EC-ECB-IMF memorandum policy is described as “extreme fiscal masochism that is not going to work”.

“This is a failed policy that leads nowhere”, he stressed, blaming the government of seeking consensus to cover up the failure of its policy.

On the snap elections issue, Mihelakis repeated that “you should have faith in ND leader Antonis Samaras. He puts the country’s interest above everything else,” stressing that “we are not an irresponsible opposition”.
However, he left open the likelihood to table a censure motion against Finance Minister George Papaconstantinou, stressing that “the censure motion is a weapon that will be used by ND when deemed necessary”.

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