Athens.- The main opposition Radical Left Coalition (SYRIZA) described Friday’s meeting between Greek premier Antonis Samaras and German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin as just another confirmation by the Greek government that the bailout memorandum programme will be fully implemented, irrespective of its social cost.
According to SYRIZA, what Samaras did in Berlin was “to proudly present the most pro-growth and antisocial budget, and win Chancellor (Merkel’s) expected support to keeping up with the same austerity policy.”
A press release by the party added that the essence of what it called the “Samaras-style negotiation” was to get good marks from creditors for condemning Greek people to poverty and misery.
“The government’s negotiating advantages, such as the primary surplus and economic recovery forecasts, are based on bleeding people white, proving that an exit of the crisis cannot be to the benefit of both the people the capital, as the government and the other pro-EU parties argue,” a press release by the Communist Party of Greece (KKE) said on Saturday, commenting on Friday’s meeting between Samaras and Merkel.
KKE added that “stopping the anti-popular measures and an exit from the crisis that would be beneficial for the people require the organisation of a counter-attack by the people.”
Independent Greeks party President Panos Kammenos on Friday commented on a meeting between Prime Minister Antonis Samaras and German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin on Friday, noting that “the operation was a success, the patient died.”
According to Kammenos, the statements of the two leaders “ignore only one factor, that of the Greek citizen, as Greeks 15 months after the ‘wrong prescription’- the medicine that kills the patient -are living through the memorandum tragedy.”
Kammenos also noted that the German elections have elapsed and “there was no debt restructuring, as Samaras promises.”