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Tsipras Expresses Concerns That Growth Be Confined to Small Elite

ATHENS — "The big question is whether growth will be fair and inclusive, whether it will include everyone and especially those impacted by the crisis or only a few large business groups," main opposition SYRIZA-Progressive Alliance leader Alexis Tsipras said on Thursday in an interview with "Newsbomb".

Tsipras accused the government of adopting policies "taken out of the time warp of history, from the 'moth balls' of Reagan and Thatcher," adding that "those ideas that we advocate, strengthening the state, regulating the market, are once again relevant after 40 years."

"If growth ultimately concerns a few business groups and not the vast majority of Greek society, if it does not concern the entrepreneur, the small and medium-sized business owner, if it does not concern the employee who will lose his right to work an eight-hour a day and will have to work for 10 hours with unpaid overtime, if it does not concern the self-employed who have faced great difficulties in the last two years, if it does not concern shopkeepers who do not have liquidity and access to the banks, then who does it concern?", he wondered.

The main opposition leader expressed his fears that the government's plan in relation to the Recovery Fund was to benefit a small elite while the vast majority, especially small and medium-sized businesses, the self-employed and workers, will not be entitled to any of the benefits that they could receive.

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