SYRIZA MP: Greece Is Prepared for All Possible Scenarios



nikos-filisSYRIZA Parliamentary Spokesperson Nikos Filis said that Greece is seeking a deal with lenders but is also prepared for all possible outcomes in negotiations.

Filis spoke to Mega television on Friday saying that the government is taking all precautions to deal with every possible outcome in negotiations with the troika of creditors.

“A state must be ready for every eventuality. A Greek default is a concern of the whole of Europe. There is a systemic risk there. The chosen strategy is to negotiate an agreement but we are ready for every possible outcome. It is not only a matter of Greece and lenders, the Greek issue will be discussed at the G7 summit,” Filis said.

Regarding the 300-million-euro installment payment due to the International Monetary Fund on June 5, Filis reiterated the Greek position that the payment will be made if there are funds available in the state coffers.

Left platform calls on the government to say no to “creditors’ blackmail”

Meanwhile, SYRIZA’s Left Platform calls on Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras to say no to the lenders’ extortion methods  and ultimatums. After Thursday’s Euroworking Group announced that Greece needs to complete the fifth review within a week in order for aid funds to be disbursed in June, the platform, led by Productive Reconstruction, Environment and Energy Minister Panagiotis Lafazanis posted its positions on their website.

The text says that the lending institutions want to bring Greece to submission by using blackmailing techniques and undermine the radical leftist government.

The platform calls on “the government to be prepared and prepare the Greek people to boost their fighting spirit in the event that the deal that will be proposed within the next days is not compatible with the government’s pledges and its leftist values. The government is called to examine, elaborate on and be prepared to resort to every alternative possible in order to effectively ward off the creditors’ blackmail.”


5 COMMENTS

  1. I’m not Greek, nor am I left-wing, but I must say that it is to be hoped that the Greek negotiators do not succumb to pressure from the USA and other EU governments. It is partly thanks to those entities that Greece finds itself in the position that it is now in. Their economy has already shrunk by a quarter. If they bend to the will of the EU, they will see another quarter drop in short order.

  2. Well no, the Greek situation was not really discussed at G7. In the Presidency press conference: Wolfgang Schäuble said that there was a brief discussion of a few minutes on Greece. Questions asked, and Schäuble’s responses were:

    First question: How much time do we have to find a solution for Greece? Schäuble: By the end of June, then the current agreement will expire if there is no agreement.

    Last question: Why only a few minutes’ discussion on Greece? Schäuble: We have focused on our agenda, and Greece is not on the agenda. The three institutions are dealing with Greece.

    It would be a good idea to look hard at ELSTAT’s quarterly GDP growth rate chart (released today). There were 7 austerity plans legislated from Q1 2010 to Q2 2013. From Q1 2010 through Q4 2013 Greece went through 14 consecutive quarters of negative economic growth. What’s worth noting is the trend, where Greece continually decreased the extent of that negative growth, In Q1/2014 Greece was producing positive economic growth and that continued for 3 quarters until Q4/2014 when political uncertainty returned Greece to negative growth. The uncertainty with a change of government pushed Greece into a second quarter of negative growth – it is now in recession again.

    All the pain Greece went through to achieve positive growth in 2014 has been wasted, and that’s a tragedy for Greece.

  3. Wrong. The U.S. has nothing to do with what has occurred in Greece. America is not putting any pressure on Greece, so I don’t understand how you came up with that theory.

    The past Greek governments sold their citizens down the drain. It doesn’t matter who is in power. Corruption is corruption. The Greek government of the past, could care less about it’s citizens. However, the Greek citizens must accept some of the blame, because they keep electing these same corrupt, and incompetent politicians.

    The Greek Reporter just did an article about ten days ago. It said governments change, but Greece remains the same.

    The Greek Reporter also reported on how Greece’s elected officials can obtain interest free loans, and only have to make €50,00 per month payments to repay these loans. That situation puts everything in perspective regarding the Greek government.

    Massive reforms must be implemented if Greece is to survive. Varoufakis, is correct. All these loans do is put Greece in deeper debt. The main problem in Greece is unemployment. These loans do not solve the Greek unemployment problem, nor does the Greek government have any plan in place to address that problem.

  4. Greece is prepared for all scenarios ? What does that mean ? Greece is prepared for bankruptcy ? The sad fact is this Greek government doesn’t even know where to begin, to solve Greece’s problems.

  5. Alexis Tsipras had asked US Treasury Secretary Jack Lew to pressure the IMF at the G7 meeting of finance ministers in Dresden to be more lenient in negotiations over Greek debt. And, as requested, Lew told students at the London School of Economics (27 May 2015) “My concern is not the goodwill of the parties – I don’t think anyone wants this to blow up – but … a miscalculation could lead to a crisis that would be potentially very damaging. if the Greeks are prepared to take the kinds of tough steps that they need to take, they find a pathway to resolving this without there being an unnecessary crisis. The challenge for the Europeans, the political and economic institutions – the IMF – is to show enough flexibility.” And when he got to Dresden, he said “It’s wrong to assume that a Greek default would be easily contained.” So he delivered on the favour asked by Tsipras.

    Further, Harvard President Larry Summers (G7 28 May 2015) urged eurozone leaders to compromise with Greece. “Ultimately, debt problems are resolved by growth, not just by austerity.“

    But G7 wasn’t the place for this, and I think it achieved little. And, really, all Tsipras’ lobbying of World leaders (e.g. Barack Obama) and European leaders at the last 3 EU summits, has been unproductive (sure, people have been nice to him, but they have warned Tsipras not to try to circumvent the Eurogroup’s process). Both Angela Merkel and Francois Hollande told Tsipras that there is no political solution (outside of Greece) to the Greek debt problem.

    Christine Lagarde said yesterday there’s little chance of a breakthrough in negotiations in the next couple of days. She also ruled out granting further loans to Greece without a clean reform agreement. And she also said that Greece could potentially leave the Euro.

    As to your assertion that it is the US and European leaders who put Greece where it is now, bear in mind that Greece was really in trouble before it first sought assistance from external sources (EuroGroup, IMF, ECB) in 2010. The Greek government crafted its own problem itself.

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