Liberation: ‘The 100 days that did not change Greece’

Liberation: ‘The 100 days that did not change Greece’

Athens, April 30, 2015/ Independent Balkan News Agency

By Spiros Sideris

“The 100 days that did not change Greece” is the headline of Liberation’s four-page publication devoted to Greece. “After three months in office, Alexis Tsipras and SYRIZA, strive for the implementation of their policy against austerity” the subtitle notes, and asks if it is a “wall of reality, or block from Brussels?”.

In the main article, the editor of the newspaper, Laurent Joffrin, underlines the great dilemma of the “compromise” the Greek Prime Minister is faced with, who he advises that “even if he has campaigned like the warm-headed Achilles, he should govern like the versatile Ulysses!”.

“With his rise to power, Alexis Tsipras sought a compromise that would allow the country to emerge from the crisis, without leaving Europe. Faced with the dilemma to climb uphill or to jump into the void, it is obvious that he preferred the first solution, which moreover was in line with the will of the Greek people, who does not want a break with the EU”, he said.

The editor underlines then that “the obstacles are numerous and perhaps eventually Greece may opt for the unknown of an exit from the euro. This would be disastrous for itself, while Europe will face the risk of a great panic in the financial sector and will record a historic blow to its politics”.

Joffrin believes that “there is no other way but to find an agreement that satisfies as much as possible the working classes in Greece, but also to restore the solvency of SYRIZA in Europe”.

“Syriza, the alternative is delayed ignition” is the title extensive reportage of the Envoy to Greece Maria Malagardis. The author makes a detailed account of the three months of “arm-wrestling” with Brussels, which forces the government “to keep on hold most of its election commitments”.

She emphasises the fact that, since August, Greece has not received any funding and nevertheless has met its obligations, while she also makes a reference to the comes and goings of the reform lists.

To the secrecy of the negotiations on the reforms, refers the correspondent of Liberation in Brussels, Jean Quatremer, a staunch supporter of the ‘institutions’.

Quatremer believes that “the strategy behind closed doors” in the negotiations on the reforms is finally “catastrophic” for the Europeans, because it leaves room for all the Greek Government “to attribute responsibilities to Brussels, describing them as throttle the Greek people” .

Asking stop this “asymmetry” in the information, Jean Quatremer advises to publish the lists proposed by Greece and those sought by Brussels, since (the negotiation with Greece)it is a political issue that “democratically should be discussed before the citizens”.

His full support to Alexis Tsipras and his policy, expresses in an interview the chief of the French Communist Party and President of the European Left Party, Pierre Laurent.

Laurent accuses France of “allowing to prevail the logic of all against one” and encourages Tsipras “to hold strong and not back down”. He stated that the European Left will participate in the events of May Day in Athens and on May 30-31 in Paris, in the European Conference of Alternatives.