Greeks are heading to polling stations today to vote in parliamentary elections which are, as recent polls suggest, certain to give left wing SYRIZA a victory.
With a six percent lead over incumbent, eurozone friendly, New Democracy, SYRIZA looks poised to sweep into power. What happens after the Greek people place their trust in Alexis Tsipras’ anti austerity platform is anyone’s guess.
SYRIZA has vowed to end harsh EU/IMF measures, which ushered in deep cuts in public spending and caused living standards to hit poverty level.
Tsipras, for his part, says he has a plan moving forward…well kind of.
In a televised news conference given on Friday, Tsipras laid out his roadmap to govern the broken nation, but revealed no specific plans for meeting German Chancellor Angela Merkel if he becomes prime minister.
The SYRIZA chief suggested that his government would enter negotiations with Greece’s eurozone partners after being elected and would aim to wrap up talks on the way forward in the relationship between the two sides by July or August, when Greece has a series of debt obligations to meet.
Tsipras said that he is aiming to achieve a “sustainable, mutually acceptable solution for Greece and for Europe.” However, he suggested that he would negotiate with representatives of European Union institutions, rather than troika officials.
“Austerity is not enshrined in European treaties,” said Tsipras, adding that his government would recognize Greece’s “institutional obligations” toward the EU but not the “political commitments” made by the outgoing government.
When asked where he would make his first official trip to if elected prime minister, Tsipras said it would be Cyprus. He added that he would not seek direct talks with Merkel.
“I do not recognize Mrs Merkel as being any different from the other leaders,” he said. “She is one of 28 so I will not rush to meet her.”
The way we read things on the ground, Tsipras can go one of 4 possible ways:
- Call a referendum and ask two critical questions to the Greek populace…a) Do you wish to stay in the European Union? and b) If yes to question a), do you wish to remain in the Eurozone?
Whatever the results are, Tsipras can take the mandate to Brussels and negotiate on behalf of his citizen’s wishes.
- Head to Brussels without a referendum, and simply get a feel for what the EU oligarchs and rulers are willing to give and what they are looking to take. In other words…wing it!
- Head to Brussels with an aim to leave the Eurozone, but stay in the European Union…then work with Brussels on what needs to be paid and what will not. After Brussels, head to Moscow and Beijing to start re-aligning Greece eastward.
- Scorch the earth and leave it all….EU and Eurozone, default on debt and jump on the Eurasian train and new world order.
Any way you slice it, Greek people will pay a high price for the choices made going forward. The question becomes whether Greeks want to suffer a lot in the short term and prosper in the medium/long term (options 3 & 4), or if Greeks prefer to remain in a state of near death for the next 50 plus years (option 2 and maybe option 1), while being drip feed by corrupt, vampire Eurocrats, who will drink Greece’s blood to very last drop.
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