Athens, August 27, 2015/ Independent Balkan News Agency
By Spiros Sideris
Alexis Tsipras asked the Greek people to give SYRIZA a strong voctory in an interview on Alpha, noting however that even if he has 151 MPs he will seek partnerships – making reference to ANEL and stressing that what matters is not agreement in views but integrity.
He added that “if our people condemns us and wants those who led us to the crisis to continue to govern, let them govern us”, adding that he does not want to bring in through the window the ones the people took it out of the door and led us to crisis and disaster.
Nor is going to, he noted, to become prime minister of cooperation with the party of Meimarakis, Georgiadis or even Venizelos, adding that he considers the party of Theodorakis not being new. All three parties, New Democracy, PASOK, The River, reflect the old political system, he argued.
Asked whether he will participate in a “national team” of government, he said that with the participation of the above persons it will be a “national team of corruption”.
“Good with my conscience”
“I am calm with my consciousness because I did not drive the people to untold economic disaster”, while he also said he feels comfortable for leaving it upon the people to judge him for what he did and what he did not succeed.
He criticised those who resent the new election proclamation, stressing that this is the value of Democracy.
For his stance after the referendum he said that his goal was – on the basis of the mandate given to him – to “defend the right of the Greeks inside Europe, not by taking the country from the EU”.
“It was a moment of exaltation. We empowered the people who for five years was limited, to express themselves”, he said, speaking of a moment of exaltation and a “no” that led to retraction, but that will go down in history as the occasion to open a crack in the European status quo.
He also said that the international economic situation is difficult and that in the midst of all this the country cannot be outside the core of Europe, while emphasised that he feared that a collapse of the country would lead to great suffering, and even civil war.
Tsipras stressed that the national currency is not the choice of the Left, “pointing” to the party of Panagiotis Lafazanis and other former MPs of SYRIZA who acceded to it.
On departures and dissidents
Regarding the rupture in SYRIZA, he described it as a sad but not unexpected development. He stressed that what upsets him most is the effort within days to make him appear as the biggest enemy and said that they accuse him with the same words they accuse their political opponents.
He expressed his regret that former companions stand with the systemic parties in their criticism against the government to resort to the polls, while he stood on the fact that they left the party when he called for elections and not during the voting of the Agreement, although at the time they said that they support the government.
He continued saying that political differences are legitimate and that everyone will be judged for his political project, and that the main thing to be determined will be whether there is anyone who has an alternative, if this is sustainable, if with the exit from the euro things would be better for the working classes and if there was a strategy that would yielded better results. “And I place myself in the people’s judgment about all this”, he said.
Regarding Zoe Konstantopoulou, the outgoing prime minister did not want to comment and merely said that everyone is judged for their choices and behaviour.
Regarding Yanis Varoufakis, he said he had the impression that the government had to take a risk to exit from the euro because he believed that there was a 50% chance to return to Athens from the Conference and the partners would not to proceed with the exit. He noted that he could not take chances with something like that.
He further said that in the first period Varoufakis gave great impetus to the negotiation, but that at some point that stopped.
Tsipras said he realised this, when on June 25 in a tough negotiation he had opposite him Christine Lagarde, Mario Draghi, Jean-Claude Juncker and when the finance minister spoke no one paid attention to him.
The outgoing prime minister stressed that the current finance minister, Euclid Tsakalotos, did a tremendous job, and that if it was not for him there would not have an agreement and that he should get credit for that. Asked if Tsakalotos and Sakellaridis will be on the lists, he said they will be.