Main opposition SYRIZA-Progressive Alliance leader Alexis Tsipras asked for general elections to be held immediately in his address on Tuesday to the Naftemporiki conference entitled “Greek Economy and Enterpreneurship: Challenges and Opportunities in an Unpredictable Future”.
Comparing the current period with “the last days of Pompeii”, Tsipras stressed the need for political change and a new plan to restore “political and economic stability”.
“The pandemic and the Russian invasion of Ukraine have acted as a big bang for the international community and the global economy,” Tsipras underlined, pointing out that the vast majority of EU countries followed a different path to that of Greece, one which included “nationalisations in energy, interventions in the minimum wage and activating mechanisms to control and restrain prices”.
Tsipras warned of a new “debt crisis” that was again threatening the Greek economy, not of public but of private debt. He referred to a gigantic and unfair redistribution of income and of wealth from the many to the few and powerful, via high indirect taxation and profiteering in electricity rates”.
“Greece is today an unfair country for the many but also without a sustainable long-term growth strategy,” Tsipras continued, claiming that the country is currently “much weaker compared with the rest of Europe, as the external turbulences are added to the results of the government’s choices that magnify instead of mitigate the long-standing dysfunctions of the Greek economy”.
Tsipras lashed out at Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis, called him “a factor for political instability” and referred to his refusal to appear in parliament and answer SYRIZA’s questions.
Regarding private debt, he called it “a time bomb at the foundations of the economy”.
“All the foulness that is being revealed in recent weeks shows that we are probably experiencing the ‘last days of Pompei’,” Tsipras said, and accused the government “that it had initially appeared to be simply dogmatic but is finally proving dangerous even for democracy itself.” This dark era will soon be over, he added, saying that it was SYRIZA’s duty to “restore social cohesion, unleash the potential of our economy and build a strong state governed by the rule of law, with inviolable rules and principles”.