Tsipras: Greece will not harm Europe

Tsipras: Greece will not harm Europe

Athens, January 8, 2015/ Independent Balkan News Agency

By Spiros Sideris

“My Greece will not harm Europe” is the title of the article of the president of SYRIZA Alexis Tsipras, which “hosts” a publication of the Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera.

“Greece is facing a historic turning point. SYRIZA is not just a hope for the Greek people; it embodies the expectation for a change of course for the whole Europe, which will not come out of the crisis without a profound revision of its policy options.

The victory of SYRIZA will give new impetus to the forces fighting for change. Because, after Greece reached a dead end, today’s Europe is going to have the same end”, wrote the president of SYRIZA.

Alexis Tsipras continues highlighting the following:

A minority of member countries, which adheres to the conservative leadership of the German government, and a portion of the populist type, continues to stir old rumors of a Grexit.

Exactly like Antonis Samaras in Greece, these rumors are not convincing anyone anymore- after the experience of his governance, the Greek people knows to distinguish the lies from the truth.

SYRIZA pledges to apply, from the very first days of its governance, the Programme of Thessaloniki, beneficial for the economy and balanced in regard to taxes, regardless of the negotiations with our creditors.

The program provides for moves to put an end to the humanitarian crisis.

Tax equity measures to ensure that the financial oligarchy, which has not experienced the aftermath of the crisis, will be forced to finally pay. An economic recovery plan to combat the very high unemployment rate and return to growth.

There will be deep reforms in the management of state and public administration, because we do not want to go back to 2009, but to change what led the country to the brink of bankruptcy, not only economic.

There are two diametrically opposed positions on the future of Europe.

On the one hand, the prospect prescribed by German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble: the commitments must be respected and follow on the same path, regardless of the achieved results.

On the other, the desire to “do everything possible” – indicated by the president of the European Central Bank – to save the euro.

The Greek elections will be the field where these two strategies will be confronted. I am convinced that the latter will prevail, for one additional reason: because Greece is the birthplace of Sophocles, who taught us, with “Antigone”, that sometimes, the supreme law is justice.