SYRIZA leader Alexis Tsipras has promised to repudiate Greece’s loan agreement with the European Union and the International Monetary Fund if his party comes to power and to reverse or halt some of the measures that have already been adopted, such as the minimum wage reduction and the privatization program.
Tsipras presented his party’s economic program in Athens on Thursday on the back of a Public Issue opinion poll for Kathimerini suggesting that SYRIZA’s message is attracting 31.5 percent of Greek voters, compared to 26.5 percent for second-placed New Democracy.
“You either implement the memorandum or you cancel it,” Tsipras told party members, thereby rejecting ND and PASOK’s proposal to renegotiate the terms of the loan deal. “We are asking for Greeks to vote for us so we reject it.”
Tsipras accused Greece’s two traditionally most powerful parties of attempting to scare and blackmail voters by trying to make the June 17 election a referendum on whether the country should remain in the euro.