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Athens Macedonian News Agency: News in English, 15-01-05

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  • [01] SYRIZA victory does not mean euro exit for Greece, party says

  • [01] SYRIZA victory does not mean euro exit for Greece, party says

    ANA-MPA -- In an "unofficial" announcement issued on Monday, main opposition Radical Left Coalition (SYRIZA) demanded that Prime Minister Antonis Samaras immediate stop a campaign "to terrorise the Greek people and discredit the country abroad," while challenging him to reveal his plans to establish a memorandum regime in Greece, as these were laid out in the "notorious" e-mail sent by Finance Minister Gikas Hardouvelis.

    The party cited a series of statements by foreign officials saying that a Greek exit from the euro area was not an option and stressed that SYRIZA was not blackmailing Europe with "terrorist scenarios". The failed austerity policies were collapsing and SYRIZA's victory in the Greek elections was recognised throughout Europe as a big opportunity to rethink this policy, the announcement said.

    "Only Mr. Samaras dares to link SYRIZA's upcoming victory with Greece's exit from the Eurozone," the party added, while noting that a 'Der Spiegel' report referring to such a possibility had triggered a storm of reactions within Germany and in other countries and a 'civil war' within the German coalition government. On Monday, both the German government and the European Commission officially denied any change of position concerning Greece and the Euro zone, it added.

    The announcement went on to quote a series of statements by European and German officials and analysts that discounted or warned against a 'grexit', including one by European Commission spokeswoman Annika Breidthardt that Greece's membership of the euro was "irrevocable" on the basis of European treaties and the spokesman for German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Steffen Seibert, saying that the goal was to stabilise the Eurozone with all its members, including Greece, and that there was no change in this position.

    It also referred to a recent statement by European Central Bank (ECB) President Mario Draghi that there was no "plan B" that included a member-state's exit from the euro.

    "It is a shame for an outgoing prime minister to identify with the most anti-European and racist toward the countries of the European South political forces, since only the far-right German party AfD appeared satisfied by the 'Spiegel' article," the note concluded.

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