Rivals Rip Tsipras’ New Reforms

New Democracy leader Kyriakos Mitsotakis

ATHENS – Opposition political parties slammed Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras ahead of a critical May 8 vote on more austerity measures he vowed to reject.

New Democracy leader Kyriakos Mitsotakis blasted the Radical Left SYRIZA leader for “having the nerve to claim that no one will be harmed,” by more pension cuts and social security hikes that the Prime Minister said wouldn’t affect the country’s most vulnerable groups.

Speaking after Tsipras addressed his SYRIZA party’s parliamentary group, Mitsotakis said the prime minister is “unrepentant” and “pretending he has seen none of the destruction he has brought to far,” the leading daily Kathimerini reported.

Socialist PASOK – which in a previous coalition with the then-ruling New Democracy agreed to austerity – has also flip-flopped and said that, “With his speech, Mr. Tsipras is trying to convince us that we are living in another world, a different country.”

Tsipras, the party said, “did not have the courage to ask for the forgiveness of the Greek people for burdening them with 12.5 billion euros’ worth of measures, but he did have the nerve to claim that while he is slashing 2 billion euros from pensions, these ostensibly will not be reduced.”

New Democracy and PASOK were criticized vehemently by Tsipras, when he was out of power, for implementing austerity demanded by international lenders.

Now that he’s ruling, they’re blasting him for doing what they did, led by Mitsotakis, who, as Administrative Reform Minister, was in charge of firing public workers and didn’t give them reviews as he promised.