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Athens Macedonian News Agency: News in English, 14-03-16

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  • [01] Tsipras: SYRIZA will claim compensation from the troika
  • [02] KKE secretary general Koutsoumbas speaks at pre-election rally

  • [01] Tsipras: SYRIZA will claim compensation from the troika

    ANA-MPA --- SYRIZA party leader Alexis Tsipras on Sunday claimed the government had a 'surplus of audacity' and said the exit to the markets was a mockery.

    "It will be a set-up theatrical exit with an already agreed deal with a specific agency, which will gain high profits," Tsipras said in an interview to weekly Realnews.

    According to Tsipras, a plan approved by Berlin has been drawn up so that before the Euroelections and after Eurostat's announcement of a small surplus "they can give crumbs to their traditional voters...and in early May to proceed with a set-up exit to the markets. A small amount with about 5 percent interest".

    He also said that he expected interventions by the country's lenders in the pre-election period against SYRIZA, noting that ętheir interventions in May and June 2012 are a black page in the history of Europe".

    On the debt, the main opposition leader said that SYRIZA's position is "a haircut on the largest part of the debt, suspension of interest payments and amortisations and growth clause".

    He also said that "layoffs in violation of the Greek Constitution are not valid for SYRIZA" adding that as a government SYRIZA will seek compensation from the troika for its choices and the repercussions they had on the Greek economy".

    On ultra-right Golden Dawn party (Chryssi Avghi) he said that it should be sent before the law and not out of the law.

    [02] KKE secretary general Koutsoumbas speaks at pre-election rally

    ANA - MPA ---- In May's Europarliament and municipal elections, the people will have to choose between submitting to the chains of the EU and the monopolies or opening the way to exit the EU's and the anti-popular governments' barbaric policy, communist KKE party secretary general Dimitris Koutsoumbas said on Sunday in a rally in Athens.

    Koutsoumbas said that people are now experienced enough to be able to see who benefited from Greece's membership in the EU, adding that amid the crisis the EU shows its aggressive and repulsive face.

    He termed the government's pledges for an exit from the bail-out deal "fake" and added that SYRIZA's dilemma regarding the the stake of the Euroelections "Memoranda or a Europe of the people" was misleading.

    According to Koutsoumbas, the EU shows its most repulsive face in the case of Ukraine. He said the stance of the United States, of the EU and the NATO regarding the developments in Ukraine and the referendum in Crimea is a hypocritical one and recalled their role in Yugoslavia, Kosovo, Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya and Syria.

    "The integration of Crimea into Russia… will not solve any of the real problems of the people of Crimea, nor will it mean that the situation will normalize or a solution of peace and cooperation for the people of the region for prosperity and progress will be found," he said.

    Koutsoumbas pointed out there was a real risk that "the floodgates" in other areas, especially in the Balkans, would open and lead to the integration of other areas, such as of Kosovo into the so-called "Greater Albania."

    "The vote to the Communist Party is the only one that does not alter, the only one…that supports the people's struggle, the movement, that is not given as dowry in alliances and bargaining for the setting up of governments," Koutsoumbas said.

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