Lapavitsas on drachma: The first few months will be difficult according to international experience

Lapavitsas on drachma: The first few months will be difficult according to international experience

Athens, August 21, 2015/ Independent Balkan News Agency

By Spiros Sideris

“The development we need is not the one expressed by the memorandum”

The alternative scenario to the implementation of the Memorandum is “development without a memorandum”, estimated the SYRIZA MP Kostas Lapavitsas. As he noted, “it has been proven that you can’t be anti-memorandum inside the euro” and expressed the view that “the path that we envision will pass through a difficult period, the length of which we can’t define, but the international experience says that it will last a few months”.

He goes on saying that “only in Asia there is a developmental policy. Europe is a continent aged without development. The developmental policy we need is not the development advocated by the memorandum or the EU”.

In particular, speaking to SKAI, Kostas Lapavitsas said: “A large part of the Greek people want anti-memorandum policy with developmental policy. But they want to feel that those who will express this argument will have credibility”.

He noted that Syriza from the 3% became a government party and that people voted this party having in mind an anti-memorandum basis.

“But it has been proven that you can’t be anti-memorandum inside the euro”, he stressed.

“The only ones who don’t sugarcoat the situation are us, the anti-memorandum side, since we do not hide it that the course we want will face a difficult period, the length of which we can’t define, but the international experience says that it will last a few months. Surely this must be better defined. The national currency is a tool, the key is not the solution. Certainly, at the beginning we will have a rapid assessment if we say no to Europe”, Lapavitsas said.

In relation to the two poles that have been created within SYRIZA, Lapavitsas said: “It’s unprecedented what is happening inside SYRIZA: We have both a government and an opposition. The only opposition that can exist at the moment is anti-memorandum”.

About the possibility of creating a party that will represent the anti-memorandum policy, Lapavitsas noted that “what is needed at this time is not a party, but a front; Greece needs a coalition to express the ‘no'”.

The SYRIZA MP noted that the memorandum is devastating and will destroy any party that applies it. He expressed the view that the side that had an anti-memorandum speech, at this time will have a very big political problem. “They will have to convince that they are reliable and give a clear perspective”.