Sun May 13, 2012, 10:53 AM
marmar (64,697 posts)
“We are being asked to agree to the destruction of Greek society.”
(Bloomberg) Greece’s biggest anti-bailout party, Syriza, said for the second time in as many days that it won’t join a unity government, pushing the country closer to new elections that have sparked concerns about a euro-area exit.
“Syriza won’t betray the Greek people,” leader Alexis Tsipras said in statements televised on state-run NET TV after a meeting brokered by President Karolos Papoulias between the party and the leaders of the New Democracy and Pasok parties. “We are being asked to agree to the destruction of Greek society.”
Papoulias began a final bid to coax the three biggest parties into a coalition today after a week of talks which failed to deliver on mandates to form governments. He will meet later today the leaders of the four other parties to probe the likelihood of forming a national-unity government. If Papoulias’s efforts fail, new elections will need to be called.
Greece’s political impasse since inconclusive general elections May 6 has raised the possibility another vote will have to be held as early as next month, with polls showing that could boost anti-bailout Syriza to the top spot. The standoff has reignited concern the country will renege on pledges to cut spending as required by the terms of its two bailouts negotiated since May 2010, and, ultimately, leave the euro area. ..................(more)
The complete piece is at: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-05-13/syriza-says-it-won-t-join-greek-national-unity-government.html
5 replies, 1062 views
Always highlight: 10 newest replies | Replies posted after I mark a forum
Replies to this discussion thread
“We are being asked to agree to the destruction of Greek society.” (Original post)
Response to lunatica (Reply #3)
Sun May 13, 2012, 12:09 PM
socialist_n_TN (10,230 posts)
4. Yep. As VI Lenin said (paraphrasing)..........
Sometimes years go by with nothing much happening and sometimes years go by in months. I have a feeling we're living in the latter half of that phrase now.
It's up to us Reds and Pinks to seize the day.
Response to marmar (Original post)
Sun May 13, 2012, 12:22 PM
Lionessa (3,894 posts)
5. I think Tsipras has it figured out.
The election really only showed that people are pissed with the status quo, but didn't zero in on which part of the status quo people didn't want anymore. By refusing to compromise on the austerity packages, etc. and doing it by forcing theother parties to sign such an agreement, it is drawing a broad and bright line in the sand showing the difference between his party and all the other.s. I think this was planned, brilliantly, and will pan out for his party nicely in the re-election if austerity is the real reason for all the protests and dissatisfaction with the masses. If not, he's screwed.