Since the beginning of the week, SYRIZA and New Democracy leaders have met twice with the same ambition - to establish a government. On Monday, right Antonis Samaras invited Alexis Tsipras to his office to be acquainted at firsthand with the intentions of the radical left. On Tuesday, Alexis Tsipras left the meeting with Samaras for "afters".
"I explained to Mr. Tsipras that the conditions he has set for renegotiating the Memorandum policies will lead to a unilateral and immediate bankruptcy of the country," said Antonis Samaras after the meeting. He repeated his position of yesterday that he would support a government of national salvation only if it guaranteed that Greece would remain in the euro zone.
Samaras did not fail to mention the issue of controversial Greek letters to creditors, which bind the leaders of both major parties and Greece itself to the implementation of the measures of economic cuts. "I told him (Alexis Tsipras) that I included in the letters I had sent to the creditors for the first time what nobody had dared to ask until then: the need for changes in the economic policy in order to stimulate economic growth and stop rising unemployment."
The Right party leader repeated the words of his socialist opponent Evangelos Venizelos and insisted that the Greeks voted for two things. The first is the guarantee that Greece will continue to settle in euro. The second is a change in the policy pursued. "Alexis Tsipras does not want me to withdraw my signature. He wants me to accept that Greece will leave the euro and the bankruptcy of the country. This will not happen," Samaras concluded firmly. Meanwhile, it has become clear that the tranche of 5.4 billion euro approved for Greece will be reduced by about a billion. So far, officials of the creditor institutions and Europe have not given an official explanation of why the amount was reduced by about 20%.