Voters are faced with a dilemma between “decisive steps to achieve strong growth for all or a return to the vicious cycle of austerity,” Interior Minister Alexis Charitsis said in an interview with the Athens-Macedonian News Agency released on Sunday.
“To this SYRIZA replies with a comprehensive plan for sustainable and equitable growth that eases the burdens for the middle strata, for new jobs with higher pay and real rights and a strong social state,” he said.
SYRIZA’s programme will include new and targeted measures for the relief of the middle class, Charitsis said, noting that the priority for young people is to create many and good-quality jobs.
He also criticised what he called main opposition New Democracy’s “hidden” programme, claiming that this called for drastic cuts to the social welfare and increased taxation on the lower income strata. He noted that many of the media sympathetic to ND were “paving the way for the party to go back on its pre-election promises and implement its real programme, which is identical to the most extreme policy mixes of the International Monetary Fund (IMF).”
Regarding the upcoming elections, Charitsis said it would be a tough fight “that I believe we can win, because citizens have both judgement and memory.”
Asked about the discussion underway about a televised debate between the party leaders, he said that SYRIZA will accept all proposals for such a debate at a time when the main opposition leader Kyriakos Mitsotakis “is systematically avoiding a head-to-head confrontation with the prime minister.”