Athens hardens its stance through Dragasakis and Pappas

Athens hardens its stance through Dragasakis and Pappas

Athens, June 3, 2015/ Independent Balkan News Agency

By Spiros Sideris

Athens hardens its stance after a five-meeting in Berlin, which aimed to develop a common stance against Greece in the final stretch of the negotiations, and amid reports for a proposal for an agreement in the form of an ultimatum by the partners. Deputy Prime Minister Yannis Dragasakis stressed: “We do not accept ultimatums, nor succumb to blackmail”, noting that “the Greek economy and society can’t withstand more austerity”.

Along the same lines, the SYRIZA MEP and vice president of the European parliament Dimitris Papadimoulis, through twitter rejected the ultimatums and spoke of collective responsibility.

Meanwhile, Yannis Dragasakis noted that the agreement is a goal not a reality and set the outline of the conditions set by the Greek government on the agreement, making a particular reference to the sustainability of debt.

As he conveyed via twitter, in his speech at the conference of the eurogroup of the Left, which takes place in Athens, Yannis Dragasakis among other things said:

“As a government we neither accept ultimatums nor succumb to blackmail. The popular mandate was clear for equitable and sustainable growth within the euro, with abandonment of the era of memoranda. The troika in Greece ended with the vote of the Greek people. The Greek economy and society can’t withstand more austerity.

-The Memorandum was a grid of failures with dire economic and social consequences. Since the beginning we denied the continuation of the old program and achieved the creation of common ground for the new agreement. The agreement, however, is still a goal to be achieved and not an achieved reality.

-It makes no sense at this point to get stuck into a pointless blamegame. Instead, we focus the prime minister and the government to reach a fair agreement. As a government we have written worded proposals for all the issues that have been put on the agenda of the negotiations.

-The agreement should include low primary surpluses, lower than 1% for 2015 and 1.5% for 2016. The agreement must contain a clear roadmap to ensure debt sustainability. The agreement must restore liquidity now and long-term.

-The debt problem need to be solved at a European level. With a joint political will, the debt can be restructured without the slightest burden to Europeans.

-The productive system must be transformed and an investment “shock” to give the necessary impetus to the greek economy.

-The restoration of collective bargaining and the gradual restoration of the minimum wage will bring economic and social benefits. European integration has always aimed at the convergence upward, now we will converge downwards. After five years of reducing income the objective can’t be to further reduce wages.

-The reforms that we seek and we will apply will restore the injustices and inequalities that have taken root. OECD studies show that Greece is in first place among the countries with big disparities.

-Our objective is the development of the economy and the recovery of optimism in society. The government aims not only to serve the interests of the Greek people, but of all the peoples of Europe.

-SYRIZA is a new political paradigm for Greece and Europe. We have a sense of responsibility and duty. We are ready to undertake the risk of our project. We are not going to become a “mutant Left”. We do not hide our identity. Europe needs new political momentum and this is the ambition we serve in Greece and Europe.

-The government should not and cannot be integrated into the ‘traditional system of governance'”.

Nikos Pappas to Dijsselbloem: “Whoever wants a solution, let him contribute now, otherwise let he remain silent”.

A statement on the ongoing negotiations made the State Minister Nikos Pappas, indirectly cauterising those who criticise the government and inviting them to contribute to reaching an agreement. This statement could be interpreted as a response to Dijsselbloem statements that  “clipped” the optimism that prevailed towards reaching agreement.

“Greece tabled yesterday evening officially in institutions a complete, uniform and compact text of proposals, as indeed stated and the decision of February 20.

Anyone who has something to say on this proposal let him say it. There is no time for aphorisms. As the Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras recently said, “whoever wants a solution let him help now, those who doesn’t want a solution let them be silent”.