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Simitis slams SYRIZA ahead of Euro elections

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Ahead of May’s European Parliament elections, former socialist prime minister Costas Simitis has lambasted the ruling SYRIZA party as opportunistic and for siding with the right and far-right of the political spectrum to gain power.

“It cooperated with the far-right and [the nationalist Independent Greeks party],” he said on Saturday while addressing a conference of the center-left Movement for Change (KINAL), adding that SYRIZA failed to underscore the responsibility of the conservative government of Costas Karamanlis (2004-09) for Greece’s excessive deficits that contributed to its financial crisis.

Simitis served as president of the socialist PASOK party and prime minister from 1996 to 2004.