Tsipras Dons Tie, Then Removes it in Symbolic Gesture on Greek Debt Deal



Greece’s prime minister, Alexis Tsipras, celebrated the conclusion of a deal with Eurozone ministers on debt relief by addressing his cabinet officials wearing a necktie in public for the first time.

In an event broadcast live on Greek public TV, Tsipras said Thursday’s agreement marks the “end of the memorandum era”.

Closing his triumphant speech where he ticked off a litany of accomplishments he said his government had achieved since January 2015, Tsipras again took off the tie.

He said that more needs to be done to make Greece prosper and therefore he must be battle-ready.

Address SYRIZA and Independent Greek lawmakers in the Zappeion Hall in Athens, Tsipras said: “Greece is again a normal country. It is regaining its political and economic sovereignty. It is back on the world map and is back on its feet again.”

The prime minister also said the day “belongs to those who were brutally struck by the crisis, who saw the efforts of a lifetime destroyed and who shouldered the country’s burden”.

However, Greece’s opposition New Democracy party will table a motion in the parliament on Monday, calling for a debate on Thursday’s deal.