In what is seen as a move of exceptional political symbolism, newly elected Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras visited internationally acclaimed composer Mikis Theodorakis at his home earlier this morning. The two men held a discussion regarding the country’s latest political developments, following a telephone conversation on Monday.
In the short discussion before Greek TV cameras, Tsipras characterized Theodorakis as a “fighter” and said that “as an old fighter, you know that strategy and brain is needed. You must not fall into the opponent’s trap.” On his behalf, the composer responded that the Premier is leading a government that is hugely popular in society and that he is expressing the Greek people’s will.
After the private meeting between the two was concluded, the Prime Minister refused to proceed to any further comments.
The meeting came just a few hours after the 89-year-old legendary Greek music icon waded in, appealing to the government that even at this late hour, it should resist the pressure for concessions that would, as he claimed, plunge the country into the creditors’ “fatal embrace.” “There is hope. And that is for the SYRIZA leaders to find the strength to say, even now, ‘No’ to Schaeuble’s ‘Nein’.” Theodorakis stood on the side of historic member of the Greek Left and SYRIZA MEP Manolis Glezos who yesterday publicly apologized to the Greek people for contributing to an “illusion,” as he characterized the government’s negotiations with the country’s loan partners, from which many expected that Greece will have more gains.
Additionally, he advised the government to to abolish all Memorandum-related measures and take a decisive turn toward the Greek people’s side and the country’s wealth and resources. “Safeguarded behind the true power of united people, they should form consortiums and utilize the full potential of our national resources, in exchange for beneficial business deals that would once and for all relieve us from our creditors’ deadly clasp,” Theodorakis suggested.