PM Tsipras in Thessaloniki: “We Want to Change Greece” Into a Leading Power in the Region

Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras addressing a SYRIZA party meeting at the Alexandrio Sports Hall in Thessaloniki. Friday, Dec. 14, 2018. (Photo by Eurokinissi/Vasilis Ververidis)

Greece is becoming a leading power in the Balkans and the East Mediterranean, Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said on Friday evening, addressing a SYRIZA party meeting at the Alexandrio Sports Hall in Thessaloniki.

Speaking of the city’s long tradition in the cohabitation of different cultures and traditions, Tsipras said that the city “will not become the city of extreme rightists and hate. Thessaloniki and Macedonia will not turn back. “It’s others who led the country into the adventure of the memoranda and into bankruptcy,” the premier said, placing Greece at the tail end of global developments. “We are promoting it into a leading power in the Balkans and the Northeast Mediterranean,” he stressed, adding that he will not allow critics to turn the country back to times of division.

Many, he said, cast doubt on commitments he outlined at the Thessaloniki International Fair when his government came to power about taking the country out of austerity and the memoranda. “Nobody can doubt the fact the government took the noose off the country’s and people’s neck” and brought it out of the bonds of austerity and loan memoranda, he noted.

Acknowledging that it wasn’t guaranteed the government would succeed, he said that today he felt justified, despite many naysayers and those who accused the government of having no experience governing. “We did not surrender to creditors, or big interests. We fought, we bled, but we opened paths,” he said, and the August completion of the fiscal adjustment program was not presented as a gift, it was earned through the Greek people’s sacrifices.

Addressing directly the controversy created about the name issue agreement between Greece and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM), Tsipras said that the Prespes Agreement “puts an end to the counterfeiting of Greek history and (…) to the offensive appropriation of ancient Greek Macedonia.”

The prime minister asserted that the Agreement “ends completely and irrevocably the issue opened by the nationally irresponsible stance of earlier Greek governments that led to the global recognition of our neighboring country with its present constitutional name, as ‘Republic of Macedonia’.”

Only when FYROM “completes in full all of its obligations under the Prespes Agreement, will it become member to international institutions and be recognized globally under its new name, which it will establish through constitutional reform,” Tsipras said, referring to the country’s change in name (North Macedonia) currently in process. The name issue was opened by other governments and remained unresolved for decades, “like a festering wound poisoning the whole area; at some point it had to heal,” he stressed, adding that his government had “the courage to proceed” guided by a sense of responsibility and patriotism.

The PM spoke extensively about patriotism and false patriotism, accusing the governments of main opposition party New Democracy and of PASOK of “turning the country back decades in foreign policy” and of “showing a monumental incompetence in great issues,” hiding behind nationalism to justify their lack of strategic planning in the area.

He also reviewed his government’s achievements, especially in health insurance and pensions, and concluded, “Our vision is clear: We want to change Greece.”

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    1. No doubt about it … Greece ..in the demented mind as another Governor of Nato and the United States…will oversee… the continued military buildup of more military bases of this …and handing over the sovereignty of Greece completely …ton the management and controll…of who… is now acknowledged by the world …as the most corrupt and most dangerous country in the world in threatening world peace…The Anglo American White Supremacist country of America!

      But what Mr. Tsipras does not tell us ..is that Greece..will now become one of the number 1 targets in the world for nuclear retaliation and war based on Greece becoming another full blown undeclared “State” of America! Therefore… Mr. Tsipras has committed Treason ..by already demonstrating his turnover of the sovereignty of Greece to the U.S……but dereliction to the Greek people …in securing their peace and safety by turning over Greece to a country …who is dropping one bomb a day on some country of the world… and is threatening war with military nuclear power …Russia and China…if you haven’t noticed… and waging war in 12 countries.of the world….right now with some of the best degenerated from Saudi Arabia, and Turkey!.

      Today, the leaders of Cyprus …demonstrate…how they have already handed over Cyprus to this same group of war mongers …and Nation killers by now discussing additions to Nato’s floatng Aircraft carrier with the New Reich … in Washington to add more U.S bases in Cyprus…to compete with Greece..as the leaders of Power…in the Mediterranean! Heck, today England already consider Cyprus their country as they have laundhed war crimes bombings against 37 counties of the world …from their bases in Cyprus!
      However, maybe..I have it all wrong…just maybe Mike…these citizens of Greece, like Mr. Tsipras…actually wish to become a new state of America ..like the Hawaiin Islands in the Pacific…and feel powerful and secure …in their minds! I am sure ..there Greek Secret society of Masons have been actively ….promoting this …right now!

      Only White Supremacist and their collaborators …like Tsipras…can have the audacity to believe that Greeks or for that matter …anybody in the world are so inferior and stupid … to listen to these Rants from an acknowledged lunatic and liar!
      Only the degenerate rascist in Washington and london…could blackmail Tsipras ..to sell his crap!

      Make up your mind Greeks… do you want to continue to be subserviant to a war mongering empire, and officially become a state of the Union ..which would then make you the powerful leader of not only the mediteranean, but the world or be a country …who enjoys her culture and traditions which has already been the envy of the world …and not because she is the military leader of power in the Mediterranean!

      If not ,,,, then provide an Answer to Tsipras ..throw out all foreign bases in Greece …immediately and remove Greece from Nato! They have already proven…they are merely … fraudulent mobsters running a “Protection Rackey” to take over the sovereigty and cultures of the world!
      …. ….

  1. Go read some 1950s USA grammar school world history books.
    You will see they knew that Greece was only a world power when Greece controlled the straits.

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