During his visit in Paris, the president of SYRIZA Mr. Alexis Tsipras discussed with AMNA his impressions from the first days of his campaign tour in support of his candidacy for the Presidency of the European Commission.
Mr Tsipras underlined the need for a new agreement in Europe, a "New Deal" which will entail a considerable remission of debt as well as the need for a new formulation of the balance of power.
"I believe that an increasing number of Europeans realize that Greece is a case to avoid. The austerity program has miserably failed. The Greek problem does not constitute an isolated case, but only a part of a general European crisis and therefore the perception regarding the issue has to be radically re-oriented".
Mr. Tsipras stated that many Europeans are realizing that after having applied three consecutive bailout programs, the country's debt has jumped from 120% to 175% of the GDP, unemployment has reached unacceptable levels for the European standards and the majority of the Greek people are in a state of poverty, an unprecedented humanitarian crisis. "At the same time", he added, "we are told that we should take new loans on top of the previous loans that we cannot repay. The solution for Greece is not more loans and more debt. The solution is the remission of a significant part of the debt through a European Conference on the future of the Euro-zone. Also the solution lays in the strategy shift from the austerity policies which, he said, has to be based on three pillars:enhancement of active demand, redistribution of wealth and reconstruction of production".
In other words he said, remission of the biggest part of the debt and the implementation of a "New Deal" is needed and thus not only for Greece but for the whole Europe.
In a question whether in the meeting with the Party of the European Left the issue of debt remission has been discussed, the President of SYRIZA stated:
"The debt remission is a position that has since long been adopted by the Party of the European Left. We are not talking about a remission of debt only for Greece but for a mutually agreed sustainable solution that will enable the countries of the periphery to overcome the crisis and stand on their feet and at the same time it will put an end to the futile funding of failed programs from the European taxpayers.
Finally, on the remark that such a program requires a prior change of the European parliament's composition where the political right wing has had a majority, Mr. Tsirpas said:
"Yes, or a national government with a massive popular support and the willingness to say "Enough". I think that this would generate a change in the European political balance. And it will be shown that in Greece a government leaded by the left will demand the people's rescue and not the banks bailout."