Opposition parties on results of Merkel-Sarkozy meeting

Main opposition New Democracy (ND) spokesman Yiannis Mihelakis on Wednesday reiterated that his party was not satisfied with the results of yesterday's meeting in Paris between German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Nicolas Sarkozy.
Mihelakis noted that the Eurobond issue was left to be discussed sometime in the near future. Nevertheless, he said capital for a proposed Eurozone Support Fund was deemed as sufficient.
In a statement, he reminded that ND proposed the immediate issuance of a Eurobond from the onset of the Eurozone debt crisis, in order to boost the support fund with sufficient capital, allowing the mechanism to intervene in the secondary bond market against profiteering.
"Once again the necessary determination to face the crisis, which is now affecting Europe as a whole, was not observed," he noted, adding that the 21 July decision is driving Greece into even more asphyxiating economic terms and preventing an exit from the recession.  
Referring to the Papandreou government's handling of the crisis, he said the government gives the impression of a "pathetic spectacle".
Meanwhile, another top ND cadre on Wednesday called an agreement with Finland, over terms for a second support package to Greece, "disappointing and worrying".
ND official Notis Mitarakis said the fact that guarantees were requested for the new loan package to be allocated to a EU member-state in need "means that the concept of Community solidarity is downgraded even more ... moreover, a precedent is set, so that other countries can ask for similar guarantees."

Leftist parties' reaction
Meanwhile, both the Communist Party (KKE) and the Coalition of the Left (Synaspismos) party issued critical statements in the wake of the Sarkozy-Merkel meeting a day earlier.
"The initial Merkel-Sarkozy agreement confirms their intention to drag the peoples of Europe through fire and iron, in order to protect the power of their monopolies from the ever deepening crisis."
On its part, Synaspismos said that beyond an insistence on an "orthodox neo-liberal dogma ... it was confirmed that they are only interested in the primacy of markets".

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