Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras reacts during a parliamentary session in Athens on July 16. The Greek parliament passed a sweeping package of austerity measures demanded by European partners in order to keep near-bankrupt country in the euro zone. (Alkis Konstantinidis/Reuters)
Lefteris Kretsos, the Greek government’s communications chief who is charged with justifying the deal to his fellow Greeks, was on CBC’s Sunday Edition yesterday (July 26). He made several points.
The Greek government accepted the austerity package because it had no choice. Bankruptcy and Grexit would have been disastrous. The government was elected to protect the interests of Greece’s working people. It has done so.
A number of cabinet ministers have resigned in protest. Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras must now rely on members of the opposition to pass legislation.
The government is determined to fight corruption and introduce real reforms.
The recent negotiations with the creditors were not so much about economics as about politics. “Brussels” pro-austerity governments are generally centre right. Tsipras’s Syriza party came to power on an anti-austerity platform and is left-wing.
Brussels wanted to “buy” Greece.
It is to be hoped that recent events will lead to fundamental reforms in the governance of the European Union and make it more democratic.