ATHENS.- Main opposition PASOK party leader George Papandreou addressed a party rally in Athens on Friday night, on the occasion of the party’s 30th anniversary of its founding on September 3, 1974, and criticised the government for being “dangerously inert.”
Papandreou said PASOK came to fill a 50-year historical vacuum in the country’s political and social life and with its founder Andreas Papandreou to unite and provide an entity, a unified expression and cohesion for the democratic party.
Criticising the government and the ruling New Democracy party, the PASOK leader said “it is ashamed of its ideology, its values and principles”, adding that “it is trying to copy the values and principles of PASOK.”
He further warned that “the danger we are facing from the governance of the Right is of returning to the era of dependence” and this was apparent in the case of the Cyprus issue “when we saw the prime minister not negotiating and not claiming, watching and remaining silent.”
Papandreou said this also applies to the economy, stressing that for the first time it has come under a status of supervision in the European Union.
Referring to the “doping crisis” during the Athens Olympic Games, he said it highlighted the only way ND knows how to govern, “the method of silence.”
The opposition leader stressed that during the six month’s that ND has been in power the deficit has soared, there has been excessive loaning and Greece is becoming one of the most expensive countries in Europe.
Papandreou pointed out that it is a “dangerously inert” government which “does not suit our times” and is “a government which, lacking vision, will necessarily be silent and will watch developments.”
The PASOK leader went on to say that the long period of grace is over for the ND government and accused it of “announcing in advance an increase in unemployment, of being unable to control the market and its apparatuses and of watching European Union funds being lost, while no investment has been approved by the development law.”