Papoulias speaks of his ‘inability’ to intervene in ERT issue during meeting with Tsipras

Greek President Karolos Papoulias expressed his inability to intervene with regard to the closure of public broadcaster ERT in a meeting with SYRIZA head Alexis Tsipras.

During the meeting Papoulias noted the need for a state television network.

Tsipras referred to ERT’s closing down as a “blow to democracy, to freedom of speech and social cohesion.”

The SYRIZA chief also argued that the ERT issue had undermined the institution of the presidency in general, essentially turning the President of the Greek Republic into “a clerk in charge of notifying employees that they are being laid off.”

“We believe the last thing left to defend in this country are institutions and democracy,” said Tsipras.