KKE’s Koutsoumbas: ND will maintain and expand SYRIZA’s antipopular policies

Communist Party of Greece (KKE) Secretary General Dimitris Koutsoumbas accused New Democracy (ND) of taking over the antipopular measures and decisions of SYRIZA and accelerating their implementation, during the closing remarks on Monday of a three-day debate in parliament on the government’s policy platform.

“The change in government will not signal a substantial change in policy, but a simple change in power between Syriza and ND,” Koutsoumbas said. Even the phrase ND ministers use about “building on the positive measures of the previous government” shows this, he said.

As an example, he said that KKE had tabled a bill to retract a resolution abolishing the right to strike, “and all of you, ND and Syriza, rejected it.”

The Communist Party, he added, will continue to demand public and full obligatory social insurance for all.

He pointed out as positive the fact extreme-right Golden Dawn did not gain enough votes to return to parliament, but warned that “this must not lead to understimating fascism” as a percentage of such voters moves to other urban parties or similar far-right parties.