‘Honest compromise’ is not an option, Lafazanis says

As the government prepared to present draft legislation to Greece’s lenders, in a bid to show it is serious about acting on pledges to secure aid, Energy Minister Panayiotis Lafazanis, who is also the head of SYRIZA’s so-called Left Platform, said that an “honest compromise” with creditors was not an option.

“There will be no compromise as [Greece’s] partners are demanding fresh pension and salary cuts, selling off the country, new taxes and more deregulation,” Lafazanis said in an interview with Crash magazine published Wednesday.

“Our government is not going to surrender and SYRIZA is not going to sign up to new measures the will hurt the working classes,” he said.

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