Difficult moments for Alexis Tsipras
Athens – The governing party of SYRIZA won the elections denouncing the austerity policy, which was imposed on Greece, as a prescription for salvation, since 2010. This policy failed completely to lead the economy out of its acute crisis. On the contrary, the debt increased from 126% of the GNP to 175%. The national income decreased by 26%. The unemployment went up to 27% and to more than 50% for the young people.
Consequently, it was very difficult for a left party to accept the continuation of the same policy and to sign an austerity agreement, which is even more harsh than the previous ones, providing for a higher VAT, from 13% to 23% , on many products and services, and other austerity measures concerning the farmers , employment, extraordinary taxes, working relations and the mortgage of public property.
Certainly, the Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras signed the agreement under heavy pressure and facing the dilemma for Greece either to stay in the Eurozone and to get a relief loan or to get out under circumstances that would make inevitable the bankruptcy of the country.
This is not a convincing argument for many comrades of the Prime Minister in the party and especially the Left Wing Platform that represents about a third of the strength and the number of deputies of the party.
During the critical session of the Parliament, on Wednesday , 32 deputies of SYRIZA, headed by Mr Panayiotis Lafazanis, voted “no” to the Agreement. Other 7 were absent. The President of the Parliament, the young Zoe Constantopoulou, is also among those who reject the agreement. All the opponents of the Agreement put forward the argument that it is against the will of the people who voted “no” in the referendum. It is also against the political and ideological stand of the party and indicate that is not going to give any solution to the Greek problem. On the contrary, is going to make things worse, in terms of national sovereignty, return to development and the future of the country. Euro is not a purpose in itself and there is nothing dramatic in the dilemma Euro or drachma , if the Euro becomes synonymous to the “ Bulgarization” of the country, the salaries and pensions of 250 or 300 euros and the eternal austerity policy and social misery.