Slovenia: Politicians’ reaction on the referendum

Slovenia: Politicians’ reaction on the referendum

Ljubljana, July 6, 2015/ Independent Balkan News Agency

By Hari Stefanatos

The Slovenian Prime Minister has not made a comment, but the ZL expressed the view that the Greek “no” in the referendum confirms that Greek citizens want an end to austerity and the mandates of financial markets.

So far there has been no statement by the Prime Minister of Slovenia, Miro Cerar and Finance Minister Dusan Mramor on the result of yesterday’s referendum in Greece.

As the Slovenian news agency STA reminds, Cerar and Mramor, last week were particularly critical of the Greek government, of which they said that it left the negotiations in the eurozone and launched a referendum.

The leaders of the two smaller coalition partners in Slovenia, the President of the Party of Pensioners (DESUS) and country’s foreign minister, Carl Erjavec and the chairman of the Social Democrats, Dejan Zidan and Agriculture Minister reacted differently to the outcome of the referendum in Greece.

Erjavec predicted that the political crisis in Greece will get worse, as well as the liquidity situation. The only thing that can prevent an even greater political crisis in Greece is an agreement with the European Union (EU), Erjavec stressed.

The Slovenian Foreign Minister said however that he considers this unlikely, because the Prime Minister of Greece, Alexis Tsipras will have even less room to accept an offer by the EU.

He argued that the referendum will have limited consequences for the EU, but will likely lead to early elections in Greece.

Zidan said that the actions by the EU and Greece should be focused on finding a compromise which will provide the integrity of the eurozone and the economic recovery of Greece, adding that the Social Democrats regret the outcome of the vote, but the EU expects to show solidarity in search for a viable solution.

He considered that the outcome of the referendum, to which “No” said 61% of the voters, cannot be denied. However, he said that the events on the road to the referendum “had consequences for the people, worsened the economic crisis in Greece and left the whole EU exposed to geopolitical and economic risks”.

The opposition party and brother of SYRIZA in Slovenia, the United Left (ZL), said, according to STA, that the Greek “no” in the referendum confirms that Greek citizens want an end to austerity and the mandates of financial markets.

Luka Mesec, MEP of United Left, said that the outcome of the referendum is an opportunity “for us all to win freedom” and argued that it is a struggle for a new Europe, based on democracy.

Mesec said that SYRIZA took control of a bankrupt and isolated country earlier this year, which had knelt by “austerity measures and pressure from the European institutions and financial markets”.

The result is not only good news for Greece, “but for all of us, given that the entire European region is caught in the vice of the same mechanisms and policies”, he said.

The MP of the United Left said that the policies of SYRIZA are not anti-European and that the aim is to revise the European policy on “new democratic foundations”.