Opposition Coalition of the Radical Left (SYRIZA parliamentary alliance) parliamentary group leader Alexis Tsipras on Tuesday underlined that democracy should be safeguarded in this “cruel and brutal” period so that it “will not become the first and biggest victim of this dark economic and social crisis”.
In an interview on state-run NET television, Tsipras defended his stance to refuse to attend the annual event hosted by the president of the republic to celebrate the anniversary of the restoration of democracy in Greece, denying that it was a move designed to create impressions.
Referring to the outcome of the Eurozone summit, he said that “we have a European systemic problem that calls for structural systemic reforms” but the EU leaders “are seeking piecemeal solutions to the problem by dealing only with the issue of Greece when the crisis is already knocking on the doors of Italy, Spain and Ireland”.
SYRIZA's Tsipras strongly condemns PPC privatisation
Coalition of the Radical Left (SYRIZA) Parliamentary group leader Alexis Tsipras on Tuesday strongly condemned the government's plans to further privatise the Public Power Corporation (PPC) by selling off its shares and warned that the prospect was a "nightmare" for consumers.
According to Tsipras, the sale of the country's public wealth was a "bigger crime than even the Memorandum, the reduction of wages and pensions and the abolition of the welfare state".
Tsipras made the statements during a meeting with the "Network of Energy Municipalities" consisting of areas where lignite coal is mined or PPC power plants are based.