Today’s European Parliament Plenary session on Greece looks like a madhouse with dozens of people speaking about things one could believe that “they have no idea what they’re talking about.” What is clear so far, is that 95%-98% of EP parties or better say “MEPs” have sharply attacked Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras who opened the session with a speech. From the far-rights to the left have verbally attacked Greece – no matter what their political motives.
Starting at 10 in the morning, the ALL-AGAINST-GREECE heated rhetoric soon turned into a debate parody with no substantial arguments but with strong political and ideological character. Majority of MEPs chanted “Tsipras has a secret agenda” and other other cheap argumentation of the same kind.
The session also revealed Greece’s “false friends”: Far-rightist Nigel Farage(UK) urged Greece to leave the Euro. And so did extreme Marie LePen (France) who said “if you don;’t want austerity leave the Euro” and then attacked the EU and the Euro. And then:
“From Farage to LePen. A circus of populists who takes Greeks’ misery and hardship and twists it to suit their own xenophobic crap.”
SYRIZA MEP Dimitris Papadimoulis rebuffed both Farage and LePen for “misusing Greece for their populism.”
German Green attacked Greece for relations with Putin. Then wished Greece “good luck”.
“Mr Tsipras – the east needs solidarity too. And I am sorry Putin and democracy do not match up.”
PM Alexis Tsipras speech at EP via PM’s twitter account:
The Greek people’s brave choice in conditions of unprecedented pressure, does not mean a break w/Europe
My country was used to experiment with austerity. The experiment, we must admit, failed
The majority of Greek people feel that there is no other choice but to stop treading this road to nowhere
Our proposal to the institutions includes: credible reforms based on a fair sharing of burdens.
It includes the adequate coverage of the country’s financial needs.
It includes a strong investment program, primarily for combating unemployment and encouraging entrepreneurship.
It includes a commitment to begin a sincere discussion regarding a solution to problem of sustainability of
#Greece‘s public debt
Our proposals for financing our obligations & restructuring our debt will not burden European taxpayers
I’m not one of those politicians who claim that foreigners are to blame for all of
Previous governments created clientelistic state, furthered corruption & strengthened ties to economic elite.
According to a Crédit Suisse study, 10% of Greeks manage 56% of the national wealth.
Our proposals focus on reforms that aim to change
#Greece, reforms that the Memoranda purposely did not include.
Now, must reach a viable & honest compromise, one that will avoid a historical break & goes against EU tradition
Tsipras full speech to be uploaded as soon as possible.