SYRIZA – On the cusp of real change

Synedrio - Tsipras 2Greece is on the cusp of a historic change. SYRIZA is no longer just a hope for Greece and the Greek people. It is also an expectation of a change of course for the whole of Europe. Read the article by SYRIZA leader Alexis Tsipras in The Huffington Post.

Europe will not come out of the crisis without a policy change, and the victory of SYRIZA in the 25th of January elections will strengthen the forces of change. Because the dead end in Greece is the dead end of today’s Europe….

The debt problem is not only Greek but European. And Europe collectively owes a discussion as well as seeking a sustainable European solution.

SYRIZA and the European Left argue that in the framework of a European agreement, the largest part of the public debt’s nominal value has to be written off, a moratorium on its repayment has to be imposed, and a growth clause for servicing the remaining debt has to be introduced, in order to use spare resources towards growth…

SYRIZA and the European Left argue that in the framework of a European agreement, the largest part of the public debt’s nominal value has to be written off, a moratorium on its repayment has to be imposed, and a growth clause for servicing the remaining debt has to be introduced, in order to use spare resources towards growth.

We claim repayment conditions which don’t lead towards a country suffocating in recession and do not drive people to despair and poverty.

With his position that Greece’s debt is sustainable, Mr. Samaras harms Greece. He doesn’t just lower the bar for negotiation, but refuses negotiation altogether. If one admits that the debt is sustainable and the memorandum is “a success story,” what is there to negotiate?

Today we can discern two diametrically opposed strategies on Europe’s future. On the one hand we have a view headed by Mr. Schauble, that regardless of whether the laws and principles that we have agreed on work, we should continue to implement them. On the other, is the strategy of “whatever it takes,” — which was first said by the head of the ECB — to save the euro. In reality, the forthcoming Greek election is a collision of these two different strategies.

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