French leftist Melenchon calls for SYRIZA’s dismissal from Party of European Left


French leftist Jean-Luc Melenchon has called for SYRIZA to be thrown out of the Party of the European Left, accusing the Greek party of enforcing neoliberal policies and maintaining submitting to the orders of the European Commission.

"For the PG, as undoubtedly for other parties of the European Left, it has become impossible to be associated in the same movement with Alexis Tsipras's SYRIZA," Melenchon's leftist party said in a statement.

The PG expressed its sorrow that Tsipras is promoting "the logic of austerity to the point of restricting the right to strike, thus responding in an increasingly submissive way to the orders of the European Commission."

In a response on Twitter, the leader of SYRIZA's group of MPs in the European Parliament, Dimitris Papadimoulis, described Melenchon's demand as "anti-democratic, provocative and divisive."