The first signs of dismay -but not necessarily of a crack- in the SYRIZA-ANEL coalition government regarding the 86-billion-euro bailout deal appeared just a few hours after Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras agreed with international creditors in Brussels.
Defense Minister and Independent Greeks (ANEL) leader Panos Kammenos denounced the new deal on Monday and expressed his dissatisfaction with the fact that the proposals the Greek side submitted were completely brushed aside. However, Kammenos was not disappointed in Tsipras.
“This deal is beyond what was agreed during the political leaders summit under the President of the Hellenic Republic, which the Greek Parliament ratified. To that agreement, as a sign of good will and even though it was against our conscience, we said yes. But to this deal, which brings new data, which talks about 50 billion euros as collateral of public assets, which talks about decrees for changes of laws like the Criminal Procedure Code, which will lead to house foreclosures, which refers to a complete collapse, even of constitutional ideals, we cannot agree,” he said.
Kammenos echoed last night’s worldwide Twitter trend when he claimed Tsipras faced a coup from Germany and other nations during the Brussels negotiations.
“This coup went to the point where the Greek Prime Minister was threatened with the banks’ collapse and complete deposit haircuts. This blackmail went on until the early morning hours. The Prime Minister, faced with this blackmail, not having any other choice to prevent these consequences, reached the point where he made an agreement,” he said.
Kammenos added that the ANEL Parliamentary Group will meet tomorrow and decide on how to act.
“We will move forward together, the Greek government and the Greek people united, to claim the right of Greek citizens,” he said.
Kammenos noted that while he supports Tsipras and the SYRIZA-ANEL coalition, he will refuse to be part of a government that includes political entities like “To Potami” leader Stavros Theodorakis and New Democracy leader Evangelos Meimarakis, who were willing to give everything up to creditors while the Prime Minister was struggling in Brussels.