Greece: Syriza politicians Koronakis criticized donors and EU
In the debt crisis, it is hard to verbally thing funders and Athens give anything. A close associate of Premier Tsipras casts in an interview to Euro Partners poor negotiating style before.
In the matter there is no progress: between the reform proposals of Greece and the claims of creditors still gapes a billion gap, and both sides push each other the blame for that is unable to improve. The Greek ruling party Syriza looks at the negotiations with Athens European Commission, European Central Bank and International Monetary Fund ( IMF ) for quite some time, especially international donors in the duty. Athens had’ gone as far as we could’ in the talks to solve the Greek debt crisis, Tassos Koronakis said Thursday in an interview with SPIEGEL ONLINE.
Koronakis is secretary of the Central Committee of Syriza and is considered a close confidant of Syriza chief and Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras.
Koronakis turned decisively against further savings in the Greek pension system, which are required by the funders. 44 percent of retirees in the South-East European country would receive a pension that lie below the poverty line, the Syriza politicians. There had been already in the past four years drastic cuts in this sector:’ Whoever calls for further pension cuts, is a fanatic’ scolded Koronakis and warned in this context, an intensification’ humanitarian crisis’ in his country.
The dispute over new savings in the Greek pension system is one of the points of contention in the talks between Athens and its creditors.
Koronakis accused parts of the negotiating partners to threaten Greece indirectly to a retirement Athens from the euro zone. This must come to an end.’ We threaten anyone, but we also accept any threats against us’, Koronakis said.
criticism of the Bank of Greece
The Syriza politicians stressed that Greece wishes a successful conclusion of negotiations with the international lenders. It was therefore crucial that the agreement to contribute to enable Greece a chance for economic recovery. Koronakis referred in this context to a reform proposal of Greece. Convinced the donors, these proposals are not sufficiently far-reaching.
Koronakis also criticized the Bank of Greece. Their governor Yannis Stournaras had recently warned in a regular report warning that Greece an’ uncontrollable crisis’ threatens the country with its donors should not be able to agree. It is to be feared that Greece’s membership lose in a failure of the negotiations to the euro zone and the EU, so Stournaras.
Koronakis told SPIEGEL ONLINE: ” We accept the independence of the central bank, but it’s not their job to interfere in political affairs.’ Even the timing of the central bank report was unhappy.
Syriza is already longer at loggerheads with Stournaras. In the past it Syriza politicians have been accused of undermining the negotiations with donors. Stournaras was finance minister from 2012 to 2014 under the conservative Prime Minister Antonis Samaras.