Greek PM Tsipras: I Will Not Cooperate with New Democracy After the Elections



TsiprasGreek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras gave his first interview following his resignation and spoke on his seven-month term at the country’s helm.

Tsipras resigned last Thursday following more than month of speculation as dissenters within his SYRIZA party kept growing over the adoption of a new bailout package. The official date of the snap elections has yet to be announced.

During an interview to Greek TV on Wednesday evening, Tsipras defended his negotiation tactics and efforts as well as his decision to introduce a third Greek bailout package, while arguing that a Grexit was not a strategic option for Greece but the option of the enemy and it would be a catastrophe for the country.

“I must admit that we had not estimated the extent of the conservative circles’ response in Europe while we overestimated the power of fairness and underestimated the power of money,” he said.

Tsipras outright rejected the possibility of allying with New Democracy following the elections in the event that he does not secure enough popular support to form a government. The Prime Minister also accused “To Potami” of belonging to the old political system and asked the Greek people to support him in forming a government without the need of a coalition.

The Prime Minister further revealed he had intended to resign immediately following his preliminary agreement with international creditors on July 12 but postponed this act because the bailout deal had not been finalized.

“I had made my decision to put the matter in the hands of the Greek people on July 12. I applied it on August 20 when the cycle completely closed and the country was financially stabilized,” he said.

Despite criticizing dissidents within his party for not supporting the bailout in the Greek parliament, Tsipras once again expressed his lack of faith in the new program he agreed to.

“I do not believe that the bailouts failed because they were not implemented but because they are a wrong recipe. It would be better if the Memorandum we signed is not implemented,” he said.

The Prime Minister noted that his government will implement it because it does not have a choice, but it will also seek ways to exit the Memoranda regime.


33 COMMENTS

  1. Greece is a deeply conflicted, ungovernable mess, and will not resume (real) economic growth until the Greeks accept the basic tenets of economic reality. Politicians resist implementing fundamental changes to the laws and administrative practices needed for any level of business confidence or stability. And rampant cynicism and selfishness make it unlikely that any future government will get the tax revenue it needs to pay back the loans or maintain social order. It’s too bad that Greece was admitted to the Euro block under false pretenses, but now it’s time for them to leave.

  2. Spoken like a true Schaeublian.
    What do we do with Goldman Sachs who cooked the books so Greece could get into this privileged club and the other Euro leaders who were in on it?

  3. The incompetent communist doesn’t cooperate with anyone. All he does is give speeches for far leftist extremists to feed off.

  4. Can anyone trust anything he says. He campaigned on the platform to end austerity and totally capitulated to the creditors. Whatever Alexis says he will not do rest assured that is exactly what he’ll do.

  5. Let’s not pretend to be innocent to what transpired for Greece’s entry into the EZ. Everyone knew putting lipstick on a pig did not make a glamour queen, and that all parties knew and understood Greece’s financial woes highlighted by the often exampled failure to charge and collect taxes. Everyone accepted Greece, tail snout and oink into the EZ federation. Goldman Sachs was the facilitator doing the job they were hired to accomplish (at a high price) by their contractor. The saying; “If you enjoy eating pork sausage then you never want to see it made” can best summarize the process how many member nations joined the EZ.

  6. I agree they all knew that Greece should never have entered the EZ, never the less the end responsibility is with the Greek gov. at that time.
    Goldmann Sachs was hired by the Greek, not by other members of the EZ. thats a plain fact.
    As for the last remark: not one, i repeat not one country causes that trouble in the whole EZ but Greece regarding borrowing and making a hughe mess in economics, one cannot close eyes for that, nor pointing the finger always to others as its often done.

  7. I was stating all are at fault. Once Greece became an EZ member no one paid attention until the debt ceiling was hit and even then people looked the other way. Going after Goldman is pointless and to what benefit in the scheme of things. The pigs have escaped the barn and instead of attempting to recapture them we stand around and look to blame each other makes no sense. Whomever and there were many, that pocketed a rebate should be punished but that is number 1,665 on our list of critical issues where our limited resources and precious time need to be applied now.

  8. If i make to much debt should my neighbour warn me then for my debt ceiling? Or should i see after that myself?
    Right now Dijselbloem urges the new gov. to go on with the points of agreements and not to wait until september, i wonder if that will happen, dont think so.

  9. Oh why thank you technoboi10 for your deeply unoriginal comments in the context of 6 years of media scapegoating. You will need to try much harder to get any attention, even internationally. Only your phrase “rampant…selfishness” keeps you from complete failure. Mark: E-

  10. And Mario Draghi was on Goldman’s European desk in those days funnily enough. Bait and switch.

  11. I sincerely hope not, but no doubt whatever “government” appears will try…big corporate interests are at stake after all. Mustn’t stand in their way.

  12. Its your -in this case- the govs choice to borrow.
    Going on with the metaphore: if i dont have the money i wont buy the newest tv set as much as the store (big corporate) wants me to do that.

  13. In many respects Tsipiras is a personification of the irrational behavior of much of the Greek electorate. Words over substance. He also argues in terms of negatives rather than achievable policy.

    He won’t win a majority but he should win a minority government given many Greeks are self-righteous far leftists that are now so extreme to the left they vote for Marxists. Apparently 70 years of failed communist rule in nations around the globe isn’t enough evidence for these geniuses that Marxism is a failed oppressive ideology.

  14. No one is arguing to close eyes but lumping in an entire people as being the problem rather than some segment or some policy is racism not ethics. Full stop.

  15. I’m the first to take shots at communists like Tsipiras but he isn’t our biggest problem. Our problem is the 61% of the Greek population that thought they could “vote” their way out of government. cuts. This large segment of Greek society claim to represent “change” but they are the very element that won’t change. They remain shameless incompetent vultures. To this day, the majority of Greeks effectively believe that foreign taxpayers are supposed to fund our lifestyle! Not only unethical but plain stupid.

  16. Clearly racism is a growing problem in the Netherlands these days. Is the crypto-fascist Freedom Party and Geert Wilder, highly popular right now, compatible with European values?

    People with actual ethics look in the mirror one and while. They also manage to see the good in others too. When the finger pointing in only one direction, while glossing over what’s going on at home, it only continues to come off as racism posing as ethics. (also see evasions over those that pretend not to notice former Yugoslavian bizarrely trying to usurp our very identity)

  17. Unfortunately some Greeks that claim to represent “change”… continue to shamelessly expect the government to roll back cuts and fund them.

  18. If Greece leaves the Euro block because it was forced out by incompetent populists that lecture on ethics (rather than by choice) then the EU is effectively finished.

  19. The Netherlands should never have entered the EU. The fascist “Freedom” Party is supported by the Dutch people. That’s a plain fact.

    See how it sounds when the proverbial shoe is on the other foot? Why choice of words perhaps matter?

  20. The freedom party is elected and legal, so is golden dawn.
    If you agree with them or not is not relevant.
    Besides the freedom party is not comparable with golden dawn.
    If one of those two, or another party, would act illegitimate one can go to court.
    Thats called democracy in stead of shouting without sense like some do.

  21. Racism is everywhere, in the Netherlands, in Greece and in Africa itself.
    As for the remark i see here if the freedomparty is compatible with the European values, well if ppl. think it is not they can go to court as happened several times before.

  22. Yes corruption is everywere too, whats your point? As one can understand there is a lot of corruption, less corroption and a bit corruption.
    Never the less I agree, corruption is everywere in the Netherlands too, as in Greece.

  23. The word “facist” has very much devaluated the last 15 years, due to leftist.
    As for the rest if someone is able to read their program in Dutch they can perhaps judge for wat the pvv stands.
    As i wrote before: if the pvv acts illicit ppl. can go to court as they did before regarding Wilders, thats democracy, that has nothing to do with “hiding”.

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