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Athens Macedonian News Agency: News in English, 15-07-26

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From: The Athens News Agency at <http://www.ana.gr/>

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  • [01] Rebel Left Platform leader Lafazanis sticks to hardline stance in 'Real News' interview
  • [02] Former minister says government being led to 'full cancellation of SYRIZA's programme'

  • [01] Rebel Left Platform leader Lafazanis sticks to hardline stance in 'Real News' interview

    ANA-MPA -- Sticking to his guns, the leader of ruling SYRIZA's rebel 'Left Platform' Panagiotis Lafazanis insisted in an interview published by 'Real News' on Sunday that the government would lose support within the party if it continued down a pro-memorandum path. "If the government becomes irretrievably identified with new and old memorandums and the policies that implement these, it will find itself opposed not just by me but by the great majority in SYRIZA, almost all the democratic, progressive people of the Left," he said. Lafazanis said that he supports the government to implement the 'radical programme' on which SYRIZA was elected and respond to the result of the referendum, but not to sign and implement new memorandums. "My own position and insistence from the start was to promptly prepare Greece, first of all politically, for all outcomes - even for that of an exit from the eurozone, if it was met with a 'wall' and demands for capitulation," he said. In an interview with 'Free Sunday', meanwhile, Lafazanis also noted that the Left Platform was the initiator of SYRIZA as a unifying force of the Left and supported SYRIZA at a time when others, many of which were not fanatical supporters of the memorandum, were trying to break it up. He also disputed that an exit from the euro would be disastrous, noting that with the right progressive policies a national currency could help increase domestic production and employment.

    [02] Former minister says government being led to 'full cancellation of SYRIZA's programme'

    ANA-MPA -- The government is being led to a complete cancellation of SYRIZA's programme, former alternate labour minister and SYRIZA MP Dimitris Stratoulis said in an interview with the newspaper "Epochi" published on Sunday. "What we believe will have from now on, if the government insists and signs the third memorandum in August, is that it will be led, through the [agreement's] neoliberal-style content and the harsh and humiliating supervision of the quartet now of creditors, to a complete cancellation of SYRIZA's programme and policy statements," Stratoulis said. He stressed that the government must extricate itself from the "deadly and heinous blackmail of its lenders and follow another path, fully harmonised with the No delivered by the people and youth in the recent referendum that it had itself and rightly called." Stratoulis said that major mistakes were made in the course of the negotiations, including the signature of the February 20 agreement and the payment of 8.0 billion euros in obligations to the lenders at a time when no financing was forthcoming on the part of the creditors.
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