ATHENS – The main leader of the Greek opposition, the president of the Progressive Alliance SYRIZA, Alexis Tsipras, on Tuesday accused Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis of having “played hide and seek” in the past six months over the memorandums of cooperation envisaged within the framework of Prespa. Accord, after former prime minister Antonis Samaras openly declared his intention not to vote for them.
In an interview with Radio Thessaloniki, Tsipras said this was damaging both the prime minister and the country’s image, warning that as long as Greece did not implement the deal, it was sending a signal to the other. party to shirk its own commitments. .
“When it comes to national problems, you have to look beyond the minor political opportunity,” he added, “and with a view to solving the problems, not prolonging them”.
Regarding relations with Turkey, Tsipras reiterated SYRIZA’s position that there is currently a “window of opportunity” that the government is not exploiting, which is to tie the start of the discussion on overhauling the union EU-Turkey customs with a resolution of any difference bilateral agreement with Greece before the international tribunal in The Hague.
Regarding the handling of the pandemic, the leader of SYRIZA said the opposition party had taken a “responsible stance” overall but was forced to criticize the prime minister’s “divisive” rhetoric and tactic consisting of “waving an accusing finger” at specific categories. of citizens while “ignoring the measures himself”.
Tsipras also strongly disagreed with the measures announced by the prime minister on Monday, granting additional benefits to those who are vaccinated, noting that these would fuel “great tension” in society. “It is only through social solidarity and unity, not division, that people can be persuaded to get vaccinated,” he said, rejecting both coercion and “premium” vaccination of 150 euros for young people.
Among other things, he criticized the government for undermining trust in scientists, using them as a “scapegoat” for decisions taken at the political level.