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Athens News Agency: News in English, 06-12-22

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  • [01] Parliamentary Left criticises main parties, budget

  • [01] Parliamentary Left criticises main parties, budget

    The left-wing parties in Parliament were sharply critical of both the 2007 budget and the two main parties during the budget debate on Thursday night. They also expressed strong opposition to the government's policy on education, particularly a planned revision of article 16 of the Constitution.

    Communist Party of Greece (KKE) Secretary General Aleka Papariga launched a strong attack against the ruling New Democracy (ND) party and main opposition Panhellenic Socialist Movement (PASOK), accusing them of "anti-popular alliance."

    "Both the ND government and that of PASOK in the past have the same logic for anti-popular laws and the only difference between them is the time conjuction. The bus in essence is moving in the same direction," Papariga said during the debate in Parliament on the 2007 state budget.

    She also spoke of an "anti-popular class budget," adding that "as long as economic policy remains in this axis, in no way can it move in a pro-popular orbit or produce a pro-popular dividend."

    The KKE leader further spoke about Article 16 of the Constitution, arguing that "the objective is the privatisation of higher education."

    She went on to say:"If only there were three parties and have a class difference. We will not become a crutch of any party. Neither of the ND in order for PASOK not to return, neither of PASOK for ND to leave."

    Coalition of the Left, Movements and Ecology (Synasmismos) leader Alekos Alavanos focused his speech on education issues and the problems faced by youths, at the same time criticising the government for its policy and stance.

    "For the New Democracy government, the youth constitute a fiscal difficulty. For Synaspismos, they are a source of great fiscal and social wealth," Alavanos stressed.

    He also made particular reference to Article 16 of the Constitution, noting:"We have the least funds for education in relation to other countries of the European Union. The apotheosis of the government's policy are its positions for universities where we see black crows over the body of the public university."

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