Venizelos: The sterile internal political situation complicates the negotiation

Venizelos: The sterile internal political situation complicates the negotiation


By Spiros Sideris – Athens

The negotiation with the troika is “complicated and difficult” says deputy prime minister and Foreign minister Evangelos Venizelos, referring both to the critical issues at stake, namely the transition to a new era – “a new institutional regime of completely different quality” – and in sterile and unproductive internal political situation.

Blaming SYRIZA directly, Venizelos stressed that the negotiation in which “the future of Greece is at stake” would be easier without “the nagging, the misery, the lack of consensus, the partisan ulterior motives”.

In particular, the president of PASOK and deputy prime minister, Evangelos Venizelos, on the sidelines of the meeting of the Foreign Affairs Council in Brussels, said:

“In relation to the big issue of interest for the country, which is the exit from the crisis, the memorandum, the surveillance of the Troika and the transition to a new era, it is obvious that there are difficulties. The negotiation is complex and hard. That is because this is a nefotiation which ends the current program and opens a new context, a new institutional regime of a completely different quality, which ensures the substantive equality of Greece in the eurozone and the European Union”.

“If we didn’t have such a sterile and unproductive internal political situation, the negotiation would be easier and the results would be much more accessible and tangible”.

“So all Greeks need to understand that without a domestic front of consensus, without an understanding and a commitment of, we cannot achieve these national goals”.

“And it is not possible for political forces that aim to play a role in the country, to not realise that they owe to contribute to the good of the greek economy and of every greek household. Because this is what is at stake now. What’s at stake is future of the real economy, every employee, every entrepreneur, every unemployed, the future of Greece. The future it deserves. Because we have very positive results to show for”.

“The sctual and fundamental elements of the Greek economy are very well. The primary surplus, positive growth, strength and stability of the banking system, the ability to shape a new production model. These elements are very important in the balance of bargaining”.

“On the other side, however, we have nagging, misery, lack of consensus, small partisan ulterior motives. These are thing we have to overcome”.

While time is short, no agreement has been reached with the troika, which has not announced the date they will return to Greece, despite assurances from government officials who say they will come within the next weekend.