Samaras Says Coalition Strong, SYRIZA Hypocrites



Greek Premier Antonis Samaras says his coalition government will last
Greek Premier Antonis Samaras says his coalition government will last

Stepping up a war of words with his rivals, Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras, the New Democracy Conservative leader, has insisted that his coalition with the PASOK Socialists will survive critical May European Parliament elections and run out its term to 2016.

Samaras belittled the Coalition of the Radical Left (SYRIZA) which is opposed to the austerity measures he is imposing on the orders of international lenders and said the leftists would bring down the economy and the Eurozone if they came to power.

“The pro-European parties will do very well in the elections and my party will do well,” Samaras said. If not, he said there was no way his party would set up a grand coalition with its mortal political enemy SYRIZA, which opposes the terms of two bailouts of $325 billion from international lenders and the austerity measures that have worsened a deep recession.

Samaras said that SYRIZA is an “out-and-out anti-European party” and accused it of having a “schizophrenic” approach to policy. “It says one thing about the euro when abroad and another when addressing Greek citizens,” he said.

He earlier had blistered SYRIZA for not speaking out about the escape of Christodoulos Xeros, a convicted November 17 terrorist which Samaras’ government had granted a furlough only to see the dangerous criminal fail to return. He was the second terrorist in six months to walk away while given a vacation from prison.

The feud led to the loss for SYRIZA of one of its most prominent members in Parliament, Petros Tatsopoulos, who said that indeed there were people in the party, a motley collection of anarchists, Communists, extreme-leftists and others, who had sympathy for violence and terrorists.

SYRIZA leader Alexis Tsipras, who had criticized Samaras and Venizelos for ejecting lawmakers who disagree with them, promptly booted Tatsopoulos from the party. Tatsopoulos remains in Parliament as an Independent, dropping the number of SYRIZA members from 72 to 71.

Samaras spoke as Greece was less than two weeks into its six-month tenure holding the symbolic, rotating, essentially powerless European Union Presidency that is costing his cash-strapped country 50 million euros ($68.3 million) it doesn’t have.

With pressure growing from international lenders over unresolved reforms and a gaping, and likely growing, 1.4 billion euro hole in the 2014 budget, Samaras insisted Greece is on target to meet fiscal goals and that there will be a primary surplus, market to the markets and beginning of a recovery this year.

That came amid media reports that envoys from the Troika of the European Union-International Monetary Fund-European Central Bank (EU-IMF-ECB) won’t come back to Athens this week as originally planned because there’s been no progress in stalled negotiations, squeezing the government while it’s in the EU spotlight.

 

 


7 COMMENTS

  1. Greece the most corrupt country in the WORLD, what a shambles,get out of the EUSSR and “try” to rebuild your country,if that is at all possible.

  2. “The pro-European parties will do very well in the elections and my party will do well,” Samaras said.
    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA Well at least this tinpot dictator has a sense of humour!

  3. Samaras smarting from Xeros walking out of prison, polls indicating ND’s popularity is waning and he being ostracized by political adversaries during his coronation is beginning to show signs of desperation. Stournaras likewise is panicking. We will witness more MPs arrested possibly including SYRIZA and increasing polarization of the electorate by his word and deed. Samaras’ irrational comments are an indication the political-economic situation is deteriorating rapidly despite repeated claims of recovery in 2014. Simply put, we have been lied to.

  4. This fascist traitor who jails his political opponents but let’s left wing terrorists walk free is more delusional than Mugabe.

  5. In Greece today we have 2 “Criminal Gangs” from PASOK and New
    Democracy Parties running a government of Thieves, Liars & Crooks who
    created all these problems today.

    It was PASOK & ND Parties who created all the financial problems in Greece by their corrupt rule and mismanagement– (Akis Tzahadzopolous and Yiannos Papantoniou are ex-MPs from PASOK who are an example of their horrific corruption).

    1.) Why isn’t PASOK’s MP Venizelos in jail for hiding the Legarde List 2 years in his home? And what about Venizelos’ controversial submarine bribery deal, he signed in 2010?

    2.) Why isn’t PASOK’s Finance MP Papconstantiou in jail for removing his
    relative’s names on the List?

    3.) What about PASOK & ND Parties still owing 250 million Euros to the
    Banks in phony loans they have not paid back a penny yet?

    4.) What about Health Minister Georgiades who got caught cheating on his taxes the other day and was let off with a minor fine of 1200 Euros. Whys is he still a Minister and not fired??

    5.) Why aren’t Kyriakos Mitsotakis and his sister Dora in jail after taking
    BRIBES from Seimens?

    It seems to me the Gov’t and their “Cronie Press” here is using ANYTHING as a DISTRACTION to take attention away from the Massive Crimes these two corrupt Parties have committed as well as Treason against the whole Greek nation after 39 years of corrupt rule– They MUST ALL BE IMPEACHED and JAILED for high crimes and HIGH TREASON against the Greek People and State!

  6. Samaras’ hand gesture of an anatomical body part in the photo caught him in a moment of self-reflection. Note the distinct configuration of his fingers.