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Tsipras calls on Samaras to forge alliance with Southern Europe or hold elections

SYRIZA leader Alexis Tsipras attacked on Monday the coalition government, accusing it of negotiating feebly with the troika, and called for elections to be held.

In an op-ed in the Efimerida ton Syntakton daily, Tsipras said the government had “surrendered” to the troika and mocked the role of PASOK and Democratic Left in the coalition.

He called on Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras to begin an immediate effort to create alliances with southern European states in a bid to stop the austerity drive in the eurozone.

Tsipras made fun off comments attributed by press reports to Finance Minister Yannis Stournaras, in which he is supposed to have told the troika that it was exerting too much pressure on the coalition and he would turn over the keys to the Finance Ministry to the SYRIZA leader.

He said that if Samaras did not make an attempt to forge alliances with other eurozone members against austerity “he might as well hand us the keys now.”

“Let him call elections immediately so a new government with a fresh mandate, based around the left, and with the dynamic support of a big social majority can try to win back for the country the time we have lost during the time we have been government by memorandums,” said Tsipras in his op-ed.