New Democracy Tells Tsipras: Quit

ATHENS – The major New Democracy opposition called on Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras to step down after talks with international creditors collapsed.

The Conservatives Vice President Adonis Georgiadis, in blistering remarks, said Tsipras and the ruling SYRIZA-led coalition has shown itself to be incompetent and called on the government to stop plans to impose more austerity measures similar to those New Democracy itself had implemented before being beaten by the Leftists.

“Tsipras must quit right now so that we avoid additional measures,” Georgiadis told Antenna TV on April 26, saying that lack of faith in the government was driving lenders to demand additional austerity measures from Athens.

“Tsipras is an incompetent premier,” the former health minister said. “He cannot even tie his shoelaces.”

Greece and its lenders, the Quartet of the European Union-International Monetary Fund-European Central Bank-European Stability Mechanism (EU-IMF-ECB-ESM) couldn’t agree on how to make another 3.6 billion euros ($4.08 billion) in spending cuts that included slashes in pension benefits Tsipras vowed to reject.

The talks failure led to a planned meeting of Eurozone finance ministers on April 27 to be cancelled as the government began siphoning money from schools and hospitals and other state institutions because the lenders have withheld most of an 86-billion euro ($97.3 billion) third bailout agreed in July, 2015 until reforms are begun.

New Democracy’s new leader, Kyriakos Mitsotakis, has called also for new elections and for no more austerity although as Administrative Reform minister in a previous Conservative-led coalition he was in charge of firing public workers without giving them a review as he promised.