Fury from far left
In Athens, the far-left anti-capitalist Antarsia party reacted with fury to the government’s decision to request an extension of its loan agreement.
Under the headline “It is time to break away from the European Union”, Antarsia (which is to the left of Syriza and has strong representation on Adedy, Greece’s powerful trade union of civil servants) blasted the euro group and the Syriza-led government for its handling of the Greek crisis.
“What has happened has proved yet again that the EU is the most reactionary, undemocratic and authoritarian construct in Europe after Nazism,” it said.
“We have a Greek government that in reality accepts the overwhelming debt and the immediate obligations that derive from this, commits itself to pulling off a primary surplus (that is to say austerity), has asked for an extension of the current loan agreement and declared that it accepts 70% of the memorandum.”
Even if the government pulled off its ultimate goal of coming up with a bridging agreement in the months ahead, the party said that it would amount to kicking the can down the road.
“The same problems will crop up again with the same result of austerity,” the ultra-leftists said.