ATHENS – A large, progressive, and independent government like that of SYRIZA-Progressive Alliance will be able to end the huge interconnection of interests and spendthrift behavior, party leader Stefanos Kasselakis said at a congress on Tuesday.
Speaking at the Economic and Business Congress of ‘Naftemboriki’ newspaper at Zappeion Mansion, Kasselakis said that Greece needs a social state and one that intervenes in large social issues and is transparent.
Some people do not focus on upgrading Greece, while he also warned that “without a policy focusing on human beings there is no politics, we are just regurgitating fiscal numbers.”
Kasselakis spoke of the social inequalities of Greece, of class divisions, a low social mobility, and a problematic National Health System that was on the brink of collapse. The same S&P report that upgraded Greece’s rating to investment grade also noted how vulnerable and non-extroverted the country is, how large the current account deficit, and how it invests in old energy technologies.
The main opposition leader also criticized the investments in real estate by foreigners and the fact that Thessaloniki, for example, has less green spaces than any other major city in Europe. He also criticized the delay in reimbursements for Volos residents, and on the occasion of the mayor of the city he said that bigotry, nepotism, and the power of elite families are prevalent and that independent authorities are under great pressure. Referring to the phone-tapping issue, he said, “Do you think that overseas Greeks will return to Greece when this is the kind of democracy we have?”
Kasselakis also said that Greece’s greatest wager was the alignment with the European Union, whose indexes in investments, exports, health and education spending showed a gap Greece was. The Recovery Funds resources were focused on large companies rather than SMEs that needed them, while the government was trying to tax all independent business owners, applying the same arbitrary criteria across the board.