Paris (AMNA/O. Tsipira) — Main opposition leader Alexis Tsipras expressed his belief that a political change in Greece could push the rest of Europe for more social justice, addressing a press conference in Paris on Saturday after a meeting of the parties of the European Left on alternative solutions to austerity.
Tsipras criticized the political leaderships thus far, speaking of a “mafia of economic, business and media oligarchy”.
The critical political stake in Europe is the retreat of democracy in order for a plan of violent application of the liberal policies to proceed. The persistence of the political leaderships in Europe on policies of austerity annuls and abolishes democracy itself, he said, adding that this persistence is not an answer to the crisis but is the crisis itself, and that is why all the democratic citizens of Europe need to stand in solidarity with the struggle of the Greek people.
Referring to the prospect of Brussels acquiring the ability to intervene in the national parliaments for the drafting of budgets, Tsipras noted the further dangers entailed for Greece by the “third memorandum”.
What is being asked these days from Greece, with the third memorandum, is for the Greek governments to have no essential ability to determine the country’s fiscal affairs, thus rendering the country an ‘economic protectorate’ within the eurozone.
Tsipras noted the aggravated political conditions created by the policy of austerity and the rise in the influence of nazism, which he said could lead all of Europe to very dangerous paths, and underlined the responsibility that lay with all those in Europe who tolerate the abolition of democracy in Greece and those who insist on the dead-end policy of austerity that is already creating conditions of a humanitarian crisis in a eurozone member state.