St. Theodorakis: The government is “going backwards with leaps and bounds”

Opposition Potami party leader Stavros Theodorakis pulled out all the stops in his criticism of the ruling coalition, in an interview with the Athens-Macedonian News Agency (ANA) released on Saturday. He accused the government of “going backwards with leaps and bounds,” and seeking to install “its own judges, its own media, its own officers and its own senior staff in the public sector.”

He noted that the SYRIZA and Independent Greeks (ANEL) party making up the ruling coalition cared only about their own future as parties, not the future of the country and noted that Greece should “avoid the charity of foreigners” in setting up its economy. The country should carry out the major reforms needed to reorganise its economy and only then, after all the parties reached an agreement, raise the issue of debt relief, Theodorakis added.

Potami’s leader was critical of the government’s handling of the television licences’ tender process, saying that it had made things worse than before, as well as its handling of a dispute with the Church of Greece over religous studies classes in schools.

“You cannot simply have a bargain on everything in one night at the Maximos Mansion. Especially not with – how else can I say this – the far-right defence minister as referee,” he said.