Ex-PM Simitis says parties must cooperate for common voice in EU

Former Prime Minister Costas Simitis has called on Greece’s political parties to find a way to cooperate after the elections, warning that the country would be absent from the debate that will shape the European Union otherwise.

“The European Union is not a club where only a select few can speak up,” he said in a statement. “It is a common project of freedom, growth and adjustment to the new global conditions. Austerity policies are not a permanent rule.”

Simitis argued that it is vital for the parties to form a common platform after January 25.

“They have to start a serious discussion with our partners, proposing ways in which inequality between eurozone members can be reduced, measures to strengthen growth and to achieve a Union that operates more democratically.”