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Tsipras to CNN “Austerity Will Send Us to Hell” (video)

“Austerity will send us directly to hell” That was the main message of Alexis Tsipras, leader of left-wing SYRIZA to an American and international audience. Speaking to CNN’s Christiane Amanpour, Tsipras used the chance also to address German Chancellor Angela Merkel openly accusing her of “having put the euro and the Eurozone in big danger.”

Speaking from Athens, where he currently leads in the presidential [???]polls, Mr. Tsipras responded to German Chancellor Merkel’s ultimatum – either Greece seeks economic reform and embraces austerity, or it will be shown the door of the European Union.

“I don’t know what Madame Merkel wants to do but I know what we want to do,” said Tsipras. “We don’t want outside the Eurozone. But we believe that Madame Merkel put the euro and the Eurozone in big danger by keeping these austerity measures.”

He added, “We want to change the austerity measures in Greece, also in Europe. We want to do this with the incorporation of other forces and people of Europe, the people who want a big change. Because everybody now understands that with this policy we are going directly to the hell. And we want to change this way.”

Tsipras reiterated his party position that SYRIZA wants Greece to remain in the eurozone as return to national currency, drachma, this would mean a further deterioration for the poor society classes:

“At the same time we don’t want to go back to drachmas. Because in Greece we would have the poor people to have drachmas and rich people to buy everything with euros.”

Tsipras stressed that the Greek crisis is part of the euro crisis and warned of immediate impact across the EZ, should Greece leave the euro:

“If Greece goes back to the drachma, the second day the other countries in Europe will have the same problem,” said Tsipras.

“I really disagree with a lot of the things that Madame Merkel say and do, ““but I agree with what she said before, that if Greece goes out of the euro, the second day the markets will find who will be the second, and the second will be Italy or Spain.” (Further Reading inCNN -Blog – Christiane Amanpour)

Interview Video:

Wednesday night Alexis Tsipras gave an interesting interview in Greece’s state broadcast NET TV. He spoke mainly on the economic programme of his party. I took several notes and I will post them in KTG either during the day or tomorrow.

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  1. So, Tsipras is going to change the EU austerity programme by collaborating with politicians in southern and central europe. Pointless – he has to collaborate with the people who are paying. The 100 bn bailout Greece has been given by the taxpayers of the donating countries is about 10k per man, woman and child in Greece. Yes – I know that this money is going to the external banks, but that is because Greece loaned that money from these banks, without the financial discipline to be able to pay it back. Don’t be shocked it the answer is “goodbye”.

  2. He’s a nice guy who will give money to the poor and everything will be all right. End of story, kisses, now go to sleep 😉
    I have a request. Would you please, anyone, inform me if there is any site, blog, whatever, who talks nice things about Greece, things made in Greece, art and culture, education, science, tecnhology, industry…? I’m fed up with negativism and depression about Greece and greek people, whom i like very much since i was a child. I’m portuguese, by the way. One last thing: No beaches & blue sea, landscapes & little white cute monasteries, please God, no.

  3. keeptalkinggreece

    there are a lot of sites about the beautires of Greece. Just google ‘Greece tourism’

  4. You didn’t get it. Nevermind. One advice though: In the future, Greece will have to rely less on “sun sea and beaches” (the same to my country)

  5. keeptalkinggreece

    I did get it (and forwarded it)

  6. Way to go !
    I do not understand Tsipras’ gambling with the future of his own country. Send him to Las Vegas or to a AAG meeting. Is that correct ? Anonymous Gamblers.

    And why do neither the YES or NO parties to the rescue program come with some information how life possibly will be in GR inside or outside the euro ?
    It might become paradise outside the euro, but more likely is the return of a high inflation with very high interest rates for loans.

    Well a real socialist lives in rented houses and apartments, so who cares.

    Those poor devils who did not put their euros under the mattress will see, that their lives savings will be diminished to nothing.
    The same goes for the pensions.

    With Greece producing only 52 % of it’s own food, it must relay on imported goods. And with a worthless drachma the lacking 48 % needed will cost a fortune.
    Tsipras is supposed to think about the poor, with his urge for power I doubt he has calculated at all losing at the gambling tables.

    And who can pay the double or triple price of a car ? A computer just to be on-line, if there is any line left.
    Medicine, or does Greece have huge pharmaceutical factories ?
    Electricity ? Petrol ?

    Greece is unluckily very dependent on import, and has a non-existing industry for export.

    Tsipras is organizing the biggest experiment (theft) in newer Greek history. And the people are the chips.
    Well done.

  7. Hi Renato.
    I am a Finnish guy, 55 yers old, living and working in Greece, for over 13 years now. Paying my tax and obligatory health insurance and pension.

    As even living here in Greece the nature never stops to impress me, but not more than the Douro Valley, the mountains and nature of Portugal, the fantastic towns of Lisboa and Porto. Fishing “villages” like Nazare.
    And especially the friendly people, regardless if you use money in their shops or restaurants.

    As a tourist, it is easy to like the Greeks. As business people, they know how to remember and appreciate returning customers.
    Living here permanently and struggling like the others, most people soon forget you.
    Kalimera, kalispera, that’s it.

    The Finnish people, and the Northern Europeans, including Holland, German speaking countries, and at least Scotland and Ireland, are very, sometimes naively honest. For small deals a handshake is still enough.
    For fixing small building projects etc. at least on the islands of Greece, where everybody somehow knows everybody, a “handshake” is enough. But you can get some costly surprises if you tend to “misunderstand” the deal. Up to 100 %.

    I have never seen an industrially produced thing made in Greece. These family run companies do not have the fantasy nor economy for that. No big factories, no cars, nothing to mention.
    The education is fine, but with a very poor state and industry, there is no funding for science and research.

    The modern architecture here is superb. Clean cut, with a bit respect for the past, but not too much to disturb.

    Art, film and literature is fine. And Greeks can laugh at themselves, opposite the Spanish. The Portuguese are humble, too.

    So, altogether, I like the Greeks. I don’t trust them with monetary things. If they owe you money for a job done, you have to hang on like a louse to remind them, and finally get your pay.

    So, in the end of the day, it is sun and sea and cute monasteries you will find here.
    And of course the fantastic cities of Athens, Thessaloniki and many others, fantastic mountain ranges, fantastic motor bike rides.
    And ice cold winters, some times.

  8. Dear Renato.
    If you think that wealth comes from a printer, or better, a press machine with super speed, then think it over.
    Portugal is fantastic. And what a history. The Greeks have been swimming in a small pond, you Portuguese have been around, I must say.

  9. Dear Nils,
    It´s hard to believe greeks lack the fantasy to produce. Is it the clima, in Greece? It can’t be the money and the lack of business skils. We can make a list of greeks entrepeneurs, mainly in América, Canada and Australia, and researchers who, indeed, influenced our lifes (I’m thinking of Dertouzos, from the media lab in the MIT, for instance). But i can’t remenber nothing done in Greece, either, nothing global, I mean, apart the yoghurt. Greek economy hás a very limited scale. Rich greeks, when in greece, buy huge yachts. And transport things other people make in merchant vessels.
    I only knew Patras and Athens. I didn’t think Athens was a fantastic city. More like a huge grey village, with lovely corners. The arquitecture is extremely boring, in my view. In terms of urbanism, it seems to me a very conservative country, living in rememberance of his glorious past. Nothing remarkable done, in terms of architecture, public art, cultural and artistic movements and revolutions, between Péricles and the XXI century. It was a long sleep. Now, whem greeks make a building, what you see is neo classical pastiches, with few exceptions.
    Thank you for the kind words about Portugal. I’m affraid the Douro valley, is, in part, in risk of beeyng destroyed, by a big dam, which is under construction. But I’m still very proud of our nature: our forests and our coast, mainly, as greeks should, too.

  10. keeptalkinggreece

    “But i can’t remenber nothing done in Greece, either, nothing global, I mean, apart the yoghurt. ” therefore Greek protesters hurl yoghurt at local politicians. maybe one day the yoghurt-movement will go global.