ATHENS – Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras’ boast that a bailout deal he made with Greece’s international creditors will save the country is falling on deaf ears among Greeks, with 67 percent polled in a survey saying it was either bad or probably bad.
The Radical Left SYRIZA leader – continuing to renege on anti-austerity promises – agreed to more pension cuts and taxes on low-income families in return for the release of 8.5-billion euros ($9.51 billion) from a staggered, delayed third rescue package of 86 billion euros ($96.26 billion) he sought and accepted in July, 2015 after saying he would do neither.
Most of the money is going right back to the Troika of the European Union-European Central Bank-European Stability Mechanism (EU-ECB-ESM) that demanded more harsh measures being put on workers, pensioners and the poor while the rich, politicians, and tax cheats continue to escape despite Tsipras’ vow to “crush the oligarchy” and rein in tax evasion.
The survey by the polling company Prorata on behalf of the Efimerida ton Syntakton newspaper found only 19 percent of Greeks believed he had made a good deal. More ominously for him, 32 percent of SYRIZA supporters said it wasn’t and another 23 percent said it was “probably bad,” as his core constituency continues to erode.