Tsipras: We won’t sign a new austerity programme

Speaking in parliament on June 5, Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras said he called the session because the people, and all political parties, need to know the situation – and importantly ‘where we want to go’.

The prime minister’s speech was defiant and critical of Greece’s creditors. He also tried to set the opposition parties before a dilemma: They either support him and his proposals to creditors or oppose him, and risk losing public support.

Tsipras tried to win endorsement from the political opposition for the government’s rejection of the EU’s “shock” proposal this week. In response, main opposition leader Antonis Samaras said the government should stop timewasting and bring a final agreement to parliament. “If you can get the support of your own MPs first, then we’ll tell you what we think of it” Samaras told Tsipras.

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