Tuesday September 2, 2014 Search
Weather | Athens
29o C
23o C
News
Business
Comment
Life
Sports
Community
Survival Guide
Greek Edition
Europe needs a 'New Deal,' says Tsipras

Europe needs a «New Deal» to rise above the economic crisis and austerity policies, the European Left Party's Greek candidate for EU commission chairman, Alexis Tsipras, says in an interview.

"There is no way we will exit this crisis if we do not proceed to a European New Deal,» the 40-year-old radical leftist party leader told AFP, referring to the 1930's stimulus programmes enacted to help the United States overcome the Great Depression.

Europe needs «a new agreement on investment funding to benefit employment and social security,» he said.

Tsipras is a leading opponent of European austerity politics and particularly of German Chancellor Angela Merkel, seen by many in Greece as a leading proponent of the cost-cutting drive.

And based on the latest polls, even if Tsipras fails to replace EU Commission chairman Jose Manuel Barroso, he could well become Greeces next prime minister.

Greeces multi-billion-euro EU-IMF bailout in 2010 saved the country from bankruptcy, but the austerity measures dictated by the creditors plunged the country into a deep recession.

Unemployment has climbed to over 27 percent, nearly tripling since the crisis began and the highest in four decades.

"Greece is an example to avoid, this should not happen in other countries,» Tsipras said.

"The response to this Europe of intolerance, of social dissolution, is the abolition of austerity policies,» he said.

The leftist leader says he wants to 'demolish' the EU-IMF bailout deal that has brought misery to thousands of Greek families.

"We want to demolish the bailout deal that dramatically changed the life of Greeks. We will carry out reforms against corruption and waste without slashing public finances that are necessary,» he vows.

"The solution is not monetary competition but solidarity between European states,» he says.

Tsipras took over the radical left party Syriza in 2008, two years before the economic crisis made landfall in Greece.

At the time, Syriza polled at around four percent.

But in the wake of sweeping anger in Greece over the collapse of public finances, the party shot to 26 percent in the last national elections in 2012, coming close to victory.

It has consistently led in the latest polls too.

"We are ready to take the reins of power, better prepared than two years ago,» Tsipras says.

The firebrand leftist leader has also repeatedly called for an international conference to cancel the debt of the recession-hit countries of southern Europe.

His point of reference is the 1953 London conference at which 22 countries including Greece wrote off a large part of Germany's debt after World War II to allow its economy to recover.

Prime Minister Antonis Samaras faces risky local elections in May in which Tsipras's Syriza is poised to score major gains.

The prime minister has ruled out the holding of early general elections before his term expires in 2016, but it looks likely that early ballots will be required next year to enable parliament to elect a new president.

Tsipras, whose Syriza party leads in opinion polls over the ruling conservative New Democracy party, has also argued that international creditors have committed a «crime» against southern Europe and should pay reparations for hardships endured under austerity regimes.

As his first act if elected prime minister, Tsipras has pledged to «abolish» the bailout agreement.

Syriza was previously a loosely-knit coalition of moderate Communists, Trotskyists, ecologists and other leftist groups, and some of its members have expressed strong views against the euro.

Tsipras, however, is clear that the party «does not believe that a breakup of the euro, or a country's exit from the euro, could be considered a positive development."

In fact, an exit from the euro for «any country» including Greece «would be disastrous for the currency», he adds.

"Greece needs Europe, and Europe needs Greece,» he says.

An engineer by training, Tsipras is the youngest political leader in a country that before the crisis was dominated by political dynasties on the right and centre-left.

Tsipras was born in July 1974, a fateful year for Greece that marked the collapse of a seven-year army dictatorship that mercilessly persecuted leftists and communists, and culminated in a bloody crackdown against a student uprising.

He has spent most of his adult life in the left-wing Syriza party previously known as Synaspismos, heading its youth wing for four years and subsequently running for mayor of Athens under its colours in 2006.

[AFP]

ekathimerini.com , Thursday April 3, 2014 (18:06)  
Education minister calls for probe into predecessor´s reform plan
Anti-racism bill goes back to Parliament
Athens condemns Erdogan comments about Cyprus
Government tries to lower hopes ahead of Paris talks
Tourism targets rise ever higher
The latest data have allowed the Hellenic Association of Tourism Enterprises (SETE) to raise its target for tourism arrivals and revenues this year higher still. During a meeting with main o...
Horse race betting hurdle removed for OPAP
The new tender for the concession of the right to organize and operate wagering on horse races in Greece for the next 20 years will include a number of changes in its terms, despite assuranc...
Inside Business
BASKETBALL
Greek hoopsters go top of their group in World Cup
Greece has qualified to the second round of the FIBA World Cup after going top of its group of six through a third win in as many group games in Spain. On Monday it beat Puerto Rico 90-79 in...
SOCCER
Fulham striker Mitroglou set to re-join Olympiakos
Greek champions Olympiakos Piraeus are set to re-sign Kostas Mitroglou on loan from English second tier club Fulham after the striker arrived in Athens for talks on Sunday. An Olympiakos spo...
Inside Sports
ANALYSIS
EU’s three big problems all linked
The outgoing president of the European Council, Herman Van Rompuy, said at the weekend that his successor, Donald Tusk, currently Poland’s prime minister, faces three big challenges: the sta...
COMMENTARY
A great president
I fully understand the country’s need for political stability, a necessity which makes the election of a president by the current Parliament absolutely imperative. At the same time, however,...
Inside Comment
SPONSORED LINK: FinanzNachrichten.de
SPONSORED LINK: BestPrice.gr
 RECENT NEWS
1. Greek hoopsters go top of their group in World Cup
2. Tourism targets rise ever higher
3. Horse race betting hurdle removed for OPAP
4. Revised GDP data confirm that Greek growth is near
5. Measures to reduce unemployment
6. Peachy export data despite Russian embargo
more news
Today
This Week
1. Excavation work at Amphipolis reveals section of marble mosaic floor
2. A great president
3. Erdogan visits Turkish-occupied Cyprus
4. Greek economy shrinks at slowest pace since late 2008
5. Don’t feed the zombies
6. Greek officials meet to fine tune strategy for Paris talks with troika
Today
This Week
1. Thessaloniki mayor Boutaris sworn in wearing yellow star amid Golden Dawn protests
2. The battle against progress
3. Attack on gay couple in Athens leaves one man needing surgery
4. Strong undersea quake occurs off island of Milos, felt in Athens
5. Greek quest for debt relief faces hurdles in Paris
6. Hardouvelis, ECB executive discuss bank program, stress tests
   Find us ...
  ... on
Twitter
     ... on Facebook   
About us  |  Subscriptions  |  Advertising  |  Contact us  |  Athens Plus  |  RSS  |   
Copyright © 2014, H KAΘHMEPINH All Rights Reserved.