ND left the parliament debate when parliament president Zoi Konstantopoulou called Alternate Minister for Administrative Reform George Katrougalos to defend himself after receiving a personal attack from main opposition leader Antonis Samaras. ND deputies accused Konstantopoulou of “not acting as parliament president but as SYRIZA leader’.
Tsipras said in parliament late Monday that the essence of the debate lies on the conditions of the undergoing negotiations during which the Greek government has set its ‘red lines’ dictated by the recent popular mandate: No more recession policy and austerity measures. “We will not agree on further cutbacks on salaries and pensions, on the implementation of whatever recession measure. We are stone-cold before the request for liberalisation of the mass layoffs in a market that has been looted. Because we aim to restore the collective labour contracts that exist in all European countries. We will not accept any raise on VAT in food and on medicine. We will not continue the sell out of the state property. However, whoever wants to invest money with growth policy, joint ventures with state control and participation will be welcomed,” said Tsipras.
Regarding the regional airports, Tsipras clarified that the contracts “need to be re-negotiated with the higher possible enhancement of the Greek economy as a criterion” and under the condition the revenues “not to go into a bottomless barrel for the payment of a debt that continues to grow.”
Finally, the prime minister said “the new (regime) has been born but has difficulties in becoming solid, because the old (regime) is fighting with tooth and nail to cling on it. Do not expect us to break, to fail because even if we fail, you are not the ones that will manage to come to the surface, but other forces instead.”
The popularity of Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and Independent Greeks leader Panos Kammenos has posted a substantial increase, according to an opinion poll conducted by Macedonia University for private SKAI TV.
According to the results, 69.5 percent of the respondents had a positive and very positive opinion for Tsipras, posting a 42 pct increase in comparison with the previous poll (10-12 January 2015), a 35 percent of the respondents had a positive view for Kammenos posting a 23 pct increase. On the other hand, former prime minister and New Democracy leader Antonis Samaras’ popularity reached 13 percent (15 percent drop), Potami leader Stavros Theodorakis’ 21 percent (5 percent down), PASOK leader Evangelos Venizelos’ 9.5 percent (3 percent down), Communist Party leader (KKE) Dimitris Koutsoumbas’ 18.5 percent (1 percent down) and Golden Dawn leader Nikos Mihaloliakos’ 4.5 percent (1 percent down).
Moreover, 55.5 percent of those asked said the government’s negotiation strategy is correct.
Regarding Tsipras’ meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin, half of the respondents were positive and the other half negative.
At a question what feeling a possible exit from the eurozone brings them, 45.5 percent said fear, 11 percent hope, 26.5 percent said no feeling at all and 17 percent said that such a possibility does not exist.
The opinion poll was nationwide and was conducted between 25-27 March 2015.