Tsipras Snaps Back at Samaras

ATHENS – Major opposition Coalition of the Radical Left (SYRIZA) leader Alexis Tsipras said Greece’s leader Antonis Samaras is the “Prime Minister of Chaos,” and lambasted him for chastising the Leftists.

Samaras, the New Democracy Conservative leader, warned that if he doesn’t get his man elected as Greek President this month it would force early elections that show SYRIZA leading – a party he said would bring disaster to the country.

Tsipras said Samaras is encouraging turmoil and trying scare tactics to keep his austerity-driven government, which includes the PASOK Socialists, in power.

“He is acting as if he wants there to be chaos just before he leaves office in case he can frighten people and MPs,” said the SYRIZA leader at a party event on Crete. “What is currently happening in Greece is unbelievable: The country’s Prime Minister is essentially calling on his MPs to destabilize the country.”

Tsipras accused Samaras of being disingenuous by claiming that Greece could face a euro exit only months after the Premier insisted that there was no longer any danger of Greece leaving the single currency and that a recovery was looming from a crushing economic crisis caused largely by New Democracy and PASOK administrations going on wild spending binges and runaway patronage hires.

Government spokeswoman Sofia Voultepsi responded by accusing Tsipras and his party of spooking markets that have fallen over political uncertainty and whether Samaras can get New Democracy’s Vice-President Stavros Dimas elected as the country’s President and avoid snap polls early next year. “The only architect of chaos in this country is Mr. Tsipras,” she said.

SYRIZA is furious that Samaras’ Conservative ally and friend and former Eurozone chief, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, injected himself into Greek politics and warned voters against the Leftists and urging them to support the government so that banks and investors could get paid back from what they put up in international bailouts to save the economy.

The European Left, the grouping of Europe’s leftist parties, also slammed EU officials for getting involved in Greek politics. “This pressure from the European Commission on the electoral process of a sovereign country is unbearable, and gives rise to serious questions for the future of democracy in Europe,” said Pierre Laurent, President of the European Left.

“I call all democrats to express themselves against these authoritarian practices that have no place to be. The process must take its course, even toward parliamentary elections, if the ruling coalition does not obtain the necessary majority in the Presidential election,” he said.