After a series of internal conflicts in the Syriza progressive party, a new party has emerged in Greece. “Nea Aristera” (Νέα Αριστερά), meaning “New Left,” is led by Alexis Haritsis and ten other MPs. According to the members, the party was created with the aspirations of establishing a renewed, progressive, appealing left.
The chosen eleven for this new party are: Effie Achtsioglou, Alexis Haritsis, Nasos Iliopoulos, Meropi Tzoufι, Dimitris Tzanakopoulos, Theano Fotiou, Euclid Tsakalotos, Sia Anagnostopoulou, Peti Perka, Chousein Zeimpek, and Ferhat Ozgur.
At the event, brief presentations were given by Effie Achtsioglou, Nasos Iliopoulos, and Euclid Tsakalotos. Following this, Alexis Haritsis delivered a speech and unveiled the name and symbol of the new party, featuring red, green, purple, and white elements.
A new start
Effie Achtsioglou praised Alexis Haritsis, stating, “Alexis Haritsis possesses not only the political constitution but, above all, the ethos that makes us proud.” She highlighted their objective of uniting all leftists to form a majority current.
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She added, “We are making a new start for the world of work and the enormous challenges it faces to strengthen its position out there. We are making a new start to propose an ecological vision for the future in this country.”
Achtsioglou highlighted that the first step for this new beginning is the parliamentary group they are announcing today.
Nasos Iliopoulos, the second speaker, emphasized that they are starting anew but not from scratch. Iliopoulos, discussing the new party, emphasized the need to take action without waiting for degeneration.
He advocated placing content at the forefront of politics and expressed dissatisfaction with the current political landscape, aiming to provide militant responses to the New Democracy government.
Euclid Tsakalotos, the third speaker, highlighted their critical approach to the past. He emphasized their purpose of producing politics and urged people to organize, take initiative, and reject the contempt for politics. Tsakalotos expressed the need to regain self-confidence and pride in their ideas, policies, and approaches.
The New Leader of Nea Aristera
Alexis Haritsis, the head of the new party in Parliament, then addressed the audience. He spoke optimistically about the creation of something new and hopeful, with thousands of citizens supporting the venture.
Haritsis noted the chasm in the left and called for stronger leadership while warning of the Right (New Democracy / Νέα Δημοκρατία) imposing its agenda, negatively impacting citizens’ lives, and the quality of the Republic.
Haritsis stressed the urgency of breaking free from a non-rigid model that creates societal dislike. He outlined their responsibility to inspire and emphasized the Left’s potential in his speech.
In discussing the upcoming European elections, Haritsis declared their intention to collaborate with those aligned with their common vision, framing it as a consolidation of their new political space.
He emphasized their commitment to this battle. Haritsis outlined their goal of formulating a specific and well-documented program, intending to create a new model of politics that distances itself from traditional leadership.
He expressed the desire to approach politics differently and unite individuals who had not previously been part of their movement.