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Greek Elections: Former Fin Min Reluctant Over Post-Election Alliances

tsakalotos2Former finance minister and SYRIZA candidate Euclid Tsakalotos expressed his concern over post-election alliances saying that the pro-Europe parties are corrupt and reactionary.
Tsakalotos gave an interview to Kathimerini daily newspaper stating that his party will not agree on a wide coalition that would include New Democracy, SYRIZA’s main rival in the electoral race. The two parties go neck to neck in polls and it is likely that the winner will not be able to get the 151 parliament seats needed by allying with one small party.
“The situation is very difficult, because on one hand we cannot have a repeat election and, on the other, I do not see how SYRIZA could work with PASOK and To Potami, let alone New Democracy,” Tsakalotos tpold Kathimerini.
“These parties, especially PASOK and ND, have built their social alliances – and hence their political power – on clientelism and tax evasion,” he said, adding the ideological differences they have with leftist SYRIZA.
Asked about the possibility that a grand coalition would put en end to polarization, he said that “many people ask me this in good faith with a desire to overcome, in their view, The artificial political polarization. Only this polarization is not artificial. Rather, it reflects a social polarization, based on the increase in inequalities, the marginalization of large sectors of the population, and a sense that nothing can be changed,” Tsakalotos answered.
“Democracy is based on the clash of values, policy proposals and visions,” he said. He also avoided replying to accusations of betraying leftist values by the SYRIZA rebels who left the party. Tsakalotos said that he refuses to get into “cannibalism” and the “civil was of the Left.”

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