Samaras accuses Tsipras of endangering euro membership

Greek conservative New Democracy leader Antonis Samaras on Tuesday lashed out at the leader of the Coalition of the Radical Left (SYRIZA) Alexis Tsipras, insisting that the conservatives would not renege on a debt deal with foreign creditors and accused Tsipras, who has been charged with forming a government, of putting the country’s eurozone membership in jeopardy.

“Mr Tsipras, with his statements today, is doing everything possible not to form a government,» Samaras said, adding that the leftist was asking him to «put my signature to the destruction of Greece.» «I won’t do this,» he said.

The leftist leader had earlier called on the leaders of Greece’s two pro-bailout parties to write to EU and IMF leaders and revoke their signatures on a 130-billion-euro loan deal with creditors.

The conservative leader said his party would be prepared to back a minority government «as long as it secures the country’s position in the eurozone and its national interest.» But, he said, the leftist leader’s statement left no doubt «that he has no intention of safeguarding Greece’s European identity and future» and revealed «unbelievable arrogance.»