D. Papadimoulis: Greece needs to form ‘united front’ against creditors’ demands

“Elections would be the worst solution for the country,” European Parliament Vice President Dimitris Papadimoulis said in an interview with the Athens-Macedonian News Agency (ANA) on Wednesday. Greece needed to form a united national front against the unreasonable demands of the lenders, he added, and refuse a requirement to legislate in advance for measures taking effect after 2018.

“This is what the Summit of the South, Pittella, the Greens, the European Left say. Let [main opposition New Democracy leader] Kyriakos Mitsotakis say it as well. He should pick up the phone and call [German Chancellor Angela] Merkel, [German Finance Minister Wolfgang] Schaeuble and the others that share his views that are in important governments and support the country; not the government, the country,” Papadimoulis said.

The MEP expressed his impatience with what he called “petty party politics” and threw the ball back in ND’s court, saying he was “unable to see any better idea” emerging from the main opposition, in spite of the strong support it had received from Lambrakis organisation newspapers, “which lost half their readership in this way.”

Instead of presenting a united national front, top members of the main opposition were asking the lenders to “help us topple the Tsipras government and we will do everything you ask,” Papadimoulis asserted.

During the interview, Papadimoulis criticised the smaller centre-left parties in Greece, Democratic Alliance and
Potami, for failing to reproduce “the positive statements I heard from [the head of the European Parliament’s S&D group leader Gianni] Pittella about Greece, in which he asked the lenders not to make unreasonable demands for the legislation from now [of measures for] the five-year period 2019-2023.” Neither Democratic Alliance leader Fofi Gennimata, nor Potami’s Stavros Theodorakis, whose parties belonged to the S&D group, had made similar statements, he pointed out, nor had Mitsotakis.

He discussed his own role and responsibility within the European Parliament, including his firm conviction Greece must cultivate cooperation and coordination between Greek MEPs, regardless of political and party differences, for the good of the country.