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An alliance between the European South was proposed by LAOS leader George Karatzaferis at a press conference for the upcoming parliamentary elections.
"All countries from the South have to start understanding each other and act together. Our region may be suffering, but at the same time, it is growing stronger. Thus, the South will be able to resist the policy of Germany and begin to impose things on the North." The far right leader said that apart from Greece, Spain, Italy, Portugal, "and Ireland, which is further away," the coalition will involve France too. "The policy of French Socialists is close to ours. The high support Francois Åland received at the first round of presidential election is giving us hope. Nicolas Sarkozy lost his political power, because he did not dare to resist Angela Merkel."
George Karatzaferis expressed his belief that his party will be able to achieve a good electoral result and the received votes will be more than in the 2009 elections. He added that LAOS’ turn will be the day after the election.
He attacked the leaders of PASOK and New Democracy and accused them of trying to deceive voters with their election promises. LAOS leader called Evangelos Venizelos "a liar" and as for Antonis Samaras, he wondered why he had not done everything he announced yesterday during the five months of his dominance in the government of Lucas Papademos.
"The two gladiators signed a letter to the Director of the International Monetary Fund, Christine Lagarde, in which they undertook to not enforce a policy opposing the memorandum." He wondered how Evangelos Venizelos and Antonis Samaras could promise different things to their electorate "after their arms and legs are tied so that they could not renegotiate anything after the elections."
"That is why I want a different policy," said George Karatzaferis and added that he could work with all who support a policy other than the present one. He left a "door" open and said he does not fully exclude the possibility of cooperation with PASOK and New Democracy, "if their leaders repent."
He urged Greek citizens to vote wisely. "I know people are angry, but they must be reasonable when they stand before the ballot box. Anger is a bad adviser; it leads to mistakes and crimes."
As expected, he made accusations against Golden Dawn and defined it as a party that evokes memories of the time of Nazi power in Europe. George Karatzaferis believes that the high poll rates of Panos Kamenos’ Independent Greeks, which is draining some of his voters, are exaggerated.
"There is no "right block" any longer. We are now scattered in one district and I sincerely hope that the Greek people will set sane people at the table of negotiations."
He refused to follow the "threat" Antonis Samaras has recently made that there will be other elections if no independent government is formed. The LAOS leader argued that PASOK and New Democracy will manage to win 150 seats in the next parliament and presented his "White Bible", which describes the dramatic events surrounding the formation of the cabinet of Lucas Papademos and the subsequent dramatic negotiations in March, when he withdrew his participation in it.
As for the right for the possession of weapons suggested some time ago, George Karatzaferis said that his party is not a supporter of the mob. "We believe in law and order. But when they are not being abided by and governments are to be blamed for that, people should be able to protect themselves and their families. We, therefore, propose to give law-abiding citizens who obey the laws the right to possess weapons."