The German Green Party held a lecture on the Greek crisis at the Heinrich Böll Foundation in Germany on Monday, which was attended by former PM and leader of the PASOK party Costas Simitis, who stated that the Memorandum of Understanding signed between Greece and its creditors was inadequate and hastily arranged.
At the end of his speech, a member of the activist group Real Democracy Now took the podium and intervened on behalf of her Greek/Berlin group.
The young woman criticized the organizers of the lecture for having former PM Simitis speak there, given his role in Greece’s politics in the past. According to the Real Democracy Now advocate, Simitis also holds responsibility for the country’s present situation; she also reminded the crowd that two of Simitis’ closest colleagues had accepted kickbacks from Siemens while his government was in office.
The activist called on Simitis to take full responsibility for his role in bringing Greece one step closer to catastrophe and then abandon the political scene for good.
Another member of the activist group noted that no one should decide upon Greece’s future but its own people and criticized the new coalition government, which did not result from national elections and the will of the people but rather, was imposed on the Greek populace.
The Greek politician did not answer or comment on any of the group’s statements.