Iliopoulos: Exit Proposal from the Crisis; Heath, Education and Employment SYRIZA’s Priorities

September 17, 2020

ATHENS — Main opposition SYRIZA-Progressive Alliance leader Alexis Tsipras is going to present a proposal for an exit from the crisis affecting Greek society and the economy at the Thessaloniki Forum on Saturday and Sunday, stated SYRIZA spokesperson Nassos Iliopoulos late on Wednesday, in an interview with Kriti TV.

"SYRIZA will present immediate measures to protect Greek society and the people," he said, noting that these will concern health, education and the support of employment and of small and medium-sized businesses.

He sternly attacked the government over its management of the pandemic, saying that it "wasted the valuable time that Greek society gained through the personal and social responsibility of our compatriots," and criticised its performance with respect to supporting the national health system, which should have been the top priority during the lockdown.

On the opening of schools, Iliopoulos said that the way they were opened placed public health at risk and "we have 20,000 fewer teachers in comparison with 2019, classrooms with more pupils, and no tests at all."

Referring to Greek-Turkish relations, he said that SYRIZA sees three priorities: "The defence of our national sovereign rights, an active foreign policy and not a government in the role of observer and, finally, diplomacy, dialogue and de-escalation based on international law, which is on Greece's side, with The Hague on the horizon.


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