Athens.- Ex-Foreign Minister Dora Bakoyannis has joined other New Democracy officials in criticizing the European People’s Party (EPP), the conservative grouping in the European Parliament, as well as Antonis Samaras for a statement on Greece it issued on Thursday in which it called on Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras to “respect all commitments made by the previous Greek government” and not to be an “obstacle.”
“What a shame for the EPP,” she tweeted late on Friday. “They underestimate that in a national negotiation, we are above all Greeks.”
Bakoyannis’s comment followed similar criticism from former Interior Minister Yiannis Michelakis and ex-government spokesman Evangelos Antonaros, who accused the EPP of suggesting that Athens should not negotiate with its lenders.
“It is our national duty to support the government in its negotiation efforts, as in the implementation of reforms, if it dares carry them out,” Dendias was quoted as saying, adding however that “we ought to recognise that the [previous] government of Antonis Samaras also negotiated, and toughly so.”
Asked to comment on the possibility that the current government might achieve a better result in negotiations, Dendias said, “Let us not hide behind our fingers, we ought to recognise that in that case there will truly be an issue over how (things) were handled – especially the last few months before the fall of the former government – by those who had assumed the specific responsibility of negotiating.”
Dendias said “New Democracy suffered a great strategic defeat,” attributing it partly to the party’s distancing from its ideological core, social liberalism.
Meanwhile, former Education Minister Marietta Giannakou continued here attack on Samaras’s leadership of New Democracy. “New Democracy must be a European, democratic party,” she told Real FM on Saturday.