“The revised proposal of European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker from June 27/28 plus five changes added by the Greek government will be the basis for the new negotiations between Greece and creditors,” after the Sunday’s Referendum. This was reportedly decided at the Political Leaders Council under President Pavlopoulos on Monday. With 61.3% of the Greeks to have voted for NO, opposition parties could not but take the message and comply accordingly.
The meeting took place under the initiative of PM Tsipras with the aim to inform opposition party leaders about the negotiations proposals on and off the table and exchange views with Meimarakis (ND), Theodorakis (ToPotami), Gennimatas (PASOK), Kammenos (ANEL) and Koutsoumpas (KKE).
Evangelos Meimarakis is the temporary conservative New Democracy leader after ex PM Antonis Samaras resigned two hours after the Referendum results.
As for NO-voter Nikos Michaloliakos (Golden Dawn), KTG is not sure whether he did not accept to join the meeting or he was not invited.
After 6 hours, ND, TO POTAMI, PASOK and ANEL decided to authorize SYRIZA to lead the negotiations in Brussels.
Opposition parties have reportedly also made some proposals.
Joint Statement excerpt:
“The recent verdict of the Greek People is not an instruction of rupture, but a mandate to pursue and consolidate the effort to achieve a socially just and economically viable agreement.
To this end, the Government assumes responsibility for the continuation of negotiations. And all political leaders will contribute, respectively, within the institutional and political role.
The common objective is to seek a solution which will ensure:
· The adequate coverage of the financial needs of the country.
· Reliable reforms, based on the fair distribution of burdens and promoting development, with at least possible recessionary effects.
· Powerful, front-loaded, development program, primarily for combating unemployment and encouraging entrepreneurship.
· Commitment to start substantive discussion on dealing with the problem of sustainability of the Greek public debt.
Immediate priority is to restore liquidity to the financial system, in consultation with the ECB. ”
SYRIZA has reportedly committed to thoroughly brief opposition leaders on the progress or failure of negotiations.
An EU leaders Summit is scheduled for tomorrow afternoon, Tuesday, July 7th in Brussles. A Eurogroup meeting will take place as few hours earlier. Greece is expected to submit its new proposals.
KKE did not join forces as Greece’s Communist party says NO to Everyone and Everything but on Referendum it voted “invalid.”
Meanwhile, Greece’s EU-partners in Brussels, Berlin and elsewhere joined forces again after the 61.3% NO and they pulled their last card: as of Monday morning they started chanting in one voice: Greek Insolvency and Grexit.
PS It needed only Samaras to go so that Greeks could unite in such crucial issue. This man was awfully divisive anyway.
Speculation that PASOK, ND and TOPOTAMI wanted also Varoufakis to resign is possible too.