GUE/NGL Conference Athens
20 February 2014
Athens News Agency
Greece, which is already in a pre-election period, is ready not only to turn a
page but change completely and play a key role in Europe, main opposition
SYRIZA leader Alexis Tsipras said on Thursday.
Tsipras noted that the government does not have the mandate to commit the
country to a new memorandum, adding that it is the Greek people who will have
to decide whether they need it.
Speaking at an event in Athens on “Financial crisis and challenges of
democracy”, organized by the GUE/NGL European Parliamentary Group and
co-organized by SYRIZA, Tsipras expressed his optimism that his party would win
in the upcoming European Parliament elections, noting that Greece, which has
suffered from an unprecedented harsh policy, has changed over the last four
“The outgoing government gives the last desperate rearguard battle to hold on
to power,” SYRIZA leader said.
Tsipras underlined that the memoranda have completely failed, destroying the
productive base of the country, increasing unemployment to unprecedented levels
and having created a humanitarian crisis, adding that Greece is a country that
is dying a slow death because it was used as a guinea pig for the crisis by
He also stressed the need to alter this situation in Greece and the EU in
general and estimated that “if this policy continues, Greece's debt will spike
to 205 percent of GDP in 2015.”