SYRIZA’s Iliopoulos: Government policies hark back to failed memoranda-era economics

he government’s current policies are taken straight out of a memoranda-era “time capsule”, main opposition SYRIZA-Progressive Alliance spokesperson Nassos Iliiopoulos asserted on radio “Sto Kokkino” on Monday, describing them as “socially unjust recipes that also proved to be economically ineffective.”

“These policies, combined with an explosion of employer abuses and the curtailment of labour rights led to the flight of young people abroad in the period of the memoranda,” he added.

Iliopoulos said that Greece already experienced an 11.7 pct recession by the third quarter of 2020 and ranks last in Europe, adding that “the narrative of sharp growth in 2021 has collapsed”.

Regarding the pandemic, he said that Greece has emerged from a black November, in which pandemic figures had exploded from 135 people on ventilators and 625 deaths from the novel coronavirus at the end of October to 600 people on ventilators and more than 3,000 deaths since the start of the pandemic. He accused the government of insisting on its non-support of the country’s public health system and refusing to go ahead with the real requisitioning of ICUs in private clinics, while failing to conduct mass testing of the population.