Ο πρόεδρος του ΣΥΡΙΖΑ και πρωθυπουργός Αλέξης Τσίπρας συνομιλεί με υπουργούς και υποψήφιους στην τοπική αυτοδιοίκηση στην εκδήλωση για την παρουσίαση του ευρωψηφοδελτίου στο ΣΕΦ, Δευτέρα 22 Απριλίου 2019. ΑΠΕ-ΜΠΕ, ΑΛΕΞΑΝΔΡΟΣ ΒΛΑΧΟΣ
The SYRIZA-Progressive Alliance candidates for the European Parliament elections on May 26 “reflect the face of Greece in the new era,” Prime Minister and party leader Alexis Tsipras said on Monday evening in Neo Faliro.
Speaking at the event, Italian journalist, writer and politician Luciana Castellina – who is running on the Syriza MEP ticket – said she felt “gateful and honored” by Syriza’s invitation to join its ballot. “I had the honor of being the first journalist arrested by the Greek colonels” during the junta, she said, adding that in Greece she feels like home. But Europe, she said, “was born badly, raised badly, and must now change completely.”
In these elections, the prime minister said, the party’s goal “is not a good score, but to bring victory of the progressive forces again,” and to “signal the fact the country will not revert to the past. The Greek people are the only ones who can decide” this.
The years of fiscal austerity allowed the rise of the far right and the neo-Nazis, who gained ground in Europe, PM Tsipras said, where even moderate conservatives who speak against the exreme right adopt its agenda to the letter.
He then drew as example both main opposition leader Kyriakos Mitsotakis, of New Democracy (ND), and the conservative candidate for European Commission chairmanship Manfred Weber, comparing both their positions with those of the leaders of Hungary and Austria especially in terms of how they treat migrants. “Our single great goal is not to allow the extreme right and neoliberalism to roam around Europe and our country,” Tsipras stressed.
Speaking of Europarliament elections in general, he said that Spain would show it remains the heart of democratic Europe, while other progressive forces in Finland, Denmark, and even the UK, if it votes, will bring progressive forces to the forefront.
“We are not planning to sit and watch,” Tsipras said, “We are many, very many, in every nook of Europe: all of us citizens of Europe who want to see a different Europe, built on great ideas and values that nurtured its progress.”
Europe, he noted, did great things when it stood united, not when it broke apart into different camps; when it redistributed wealth; when it collaborated for great achievements in civilization and sciences. “These are the reasons we are now uniting our forces: to defeat fascism again, austerity, racism and totalitarianism and to bring to the forefront the values of European enlightenment – democracy, solidarity, social justice, environmental projection, and progressive,” Tsipras concluded.