Tsipras Will Visit the U.S. Next Week

WASHINGTON, DC – Alexis Tsipras is preparing for his much-anticipated first visit to the United States as the leader of the Greek opposition. On January 22, Global Economy and Development at Brookings will host a gathering featuring Tsipras for a conversation about Greece and the economic challenges ahead. Tsipras’ remarks will touch on themes including: economic and social prospects for his own country; the relationship between Athens and the rest of Europe, including what reforms are needed in Greece and Europe to address the crisis; and what role, if any, the U.S. can play in assisting Greece and Europe tackle their current problems.
Alexis Tsipras is the leader of the SYRIZA coalition. Both Tsipras and SYRIZA have been vocal opponents of European austerity measures in response to the euro crisis. Those positions have led to a surge in public support for both the SYRIZA coalition and for Tsipras personally, placing either at, or near, the top in various Greek opinion surveys in recent months. Tsipras is the youngest person ever to lead the official-opposition party in the Greek Parliament.{57191}
Brookings Managing Director William Antholis will provide introductory remarks and, with Brookings Senior Fellow Domenico Lombardi, will moderate the discussion with Alexis Tsipras, including questions from the audience.