Athens, June 17, 2015/ Independent Balkan News Agency
By Zacharias Petrou
Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras addressed Syriza MPs in parliament on Tuesday to brief them on developments in negotiations with the country’s creditors.
The Prime Minister defended his decision to trigger January’s general elections and take power while also arguing against early elections now, saying Syriza can achieve a lot in the next four years.
Alexis Tsipras went on to question whether creditors are actually serious about getting a deal. “Three weeks ago we produced a comprehensive plan that could be viable, but lenders failed to also compromise. Instead, they insisted on unacceptable measures, such as wage cuts and higher taxes” he said.
The Greek PM told deputies that without funding “we cannot carry out our mandate” adding however that the lenders’ obsession for cuts cannot be a mistake; it has political ends as they want to humiliate the Greek government, Tsipras explained.
The premier revealed lenders propose ‘horizontal measures’ with cuts in wages and hikes in electricity bills while at the same time the ECB is insisting on financially strangling Greece.
However, he also pointed out that despite aggressive statements, there are powers in Europe that are working for a fair deal. “We want a deal that ends Grexit talk once and for all” Tsipras said.
The speech had many messages to his own party members as well as to Greece’s creditors. Tsipras offered his MPS and Syriza supporters hope that the government had almost 4 years ahead of it in which it could implement its program and use as a “spring of democracy”. Analysts believe it was Tsipras’s way of telling MPs that any deal brought to parliament in the next few days should be backed by them.
Tsipras also sent a message abroad saying the real negotiation starts now and that forces in Europe that were working towards a fair deal should make sure that deal is offered to Greece.