The major opposition party Coalition of the Radical Left (SYRIZA) that opposes bailouts keeping the Greek economy from collapsing doesn’t have any idea how it can keep its promises to keep on spending if it ever comes to power, one of its most honored and influential members, WWII hero Manolis Glezos said.
SYRIZA leader Alexis Tsipras said if he ever becomes Prime Minister that he would reject the bailout terms of international lenders that came with harsh austerity measures, re-hire all fired workers, restore salaries and pensions and cut taxes, but Glezos punctured that balloon when he said the party is clueless as to how it can do all that when the country is broke and $430 billion in debt.
Glezos, 91, who also said he doesn’t like the party’s transformation from a loose collection of Maoists, Trotskyites, neo-Communists, Leftists, anarchists, ecologists and fringe elements into a “monolithic group,” told Vima radio that, “People ask me where the money will come from, but I am afraid that our answer is not convincing.”
SYRIZA and the New Democracy Conservatives of Prime Minister Antonis Samaras, who supports pay cuts, tax hikes, slashed pensions and worker firings, are trading places as the most popular parties in Greece’s fractured political landscape.
In the same interview, Glezos criticized the leadership’s decision earlier this year to scrap its former structure as a collection of smaller left-wing and extreme left-wing groupings and refashion itself as a single party. “Manolis Glezos is not keeping a distance from SYRIZA. He is keeping a distance from those who want to turn SYRIZA into a monolithic party,” he said.
Earlier this month, Glezos abstained from a Parliamentary vote on suspending state funding for political parties accused of criminal activities, a measure targeting the Nazi-inspired Golden Dawn, a move that drew surprise from his colleagues because of his heroism against Nazis during WWII when he and a friend, Apostolos Santas, pulled down the Swastika from the Acropolis and raised the Greek flag.