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Charitsis: New Democracy’s Strategy Seeks a “Return to the Past”

ATHENS — Main opposition SYRIZA spokesperson Alexis Charitsis on Thursday accused the government of adopting a strategy that seeks to "return to the past", while speaking to the public radio ERA.

This was evident in the environmental bill "with its outdated provisions that take us back to the worst days of uncontrolled growth without rules," in the labour bill "with a number of provisions that restore memorandum policies attacking labour," and the bill on education that "takes us back to the 1950s," Charitsis said.

SYRIZA's spokesperson also noted a report by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), which predicted that Greece would have a very "slow recovery in 2021, much lower than that of the other European countries," after the deep recession of 2020.

Charitsis said that this is not entirely due to the particular traits of the Greek economy but also a result of the government's 'wait and see' policy. He also underlined that "the government's policies slowed down growth rates and brought the economy into recession long before the coronavirus pandemic had spread."

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