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Greek PM Tsipras delivers a powerful speech to Parliament, warns EU, “we will break Oligarch’s hold of power in Greece”

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras delivered a fire and brimstone speech to Parliament on Sunday presenting his government’s policy program and pledging to implement his pre-election promises to revoke austerity measures.

Tsipras remains defiant as EU pressure and blackmailing tactics mount.

Ekathimerini reports…

“We only have one commitment – to serve the interests of the people, the good of society,” he said, adding that it was the “irrevocable decision” of his government to implement campaign promises “in their entirety.”

The premier said the government would not seek an extension to Greece’s bailout, noting that it would be an “extension of mistakes and disaster,” and reiterated Greek demands for a “bridge” deal to be put in place until a “mutually acceptable agreement” is reached with creditors. “We do not intend to threaten stability in Europe,” he said, adding, however, that he would not “negotiate” the country’s sovereignty.

Tsipras said his government needs “fiscal space” for a discussion on restructuring Greece’s debt and a new deal, adding that increasing austerity would only exacerbate the problem.

He pledged to replace a unified property tax (ENFIA) with a new tax on large property and to increase the tax-free income threshold to 12,000 euros from 5,000 euros. He also vowed to introduce a fair tax system and crack down on tax evasion and corruption. Collective wage bargaining will be restored, Tsipras said, adding that the minimum wage will return to 751 euros a month from 586 euros, though gradually from now until 2016.

Greek authorities would also reinstate at the end of the year the so-called 13th pension for retirees earning less than 700 euros a month, Tsipras said.

A chief priority remains tackling the “humanitarian crisis,” he said, pledging free electricity and food to households that have fallen victim to the “barbarous measures” of recent years. In the civil service, immediate rehirings will include dismissed Finance Ministry cleaners, school guards and university administrative staff, he said, noting that this would not burden the budget and will come from planned hirings for 2015.

The premier also pledged to reopen ERT, the state broadcaster that was abruptly shut down in June 2013 by the former government, and to launch a parliamentary investigation to determine how Greece entered the memorandum. On privatizations, he said the government welcomed private investment but rejected a “selloff,” adding that utilities would not be up for sale. In a dig at Germany, he said it was a “historic duty” for Greece to seek war reparations and the return of a forced loan during WWII.

Zerohedge outlined the main, juicy points of Tsipras’ speech..

  • TSIPRAS SAYS WILL BREAK OLIGARCHS’ HOLD OF POWER IN GREECE
  • TSIPRAS SAYS GOVT WANTS GREEK PEOPLE TO REGAIN SOVEREIGNTY
  • TSIPRAS SAYS GREECE “WON’T TAKE ORDERS VIA EMAILS” ANY MORE
  • TSIPRAS SAYS AUSTERITY IS NOT AN EU RULE
  • Tsipras “Winning back our sovereignty, restoring equal role in Europe, tackling humanitarian crisis are among our key targets”
  • Tsipras “I am fully aware of difficulties and responsibilities”
  • TSIPRAS SAYS REBUILDING GREECE WILL TAKE YEARS

Then Tsipras focused his rhetoric towards Germany and the EU’s demands…

  • TSIPRAS SAYS GOVT WILL MAKE GREECE ECONOMICALLY AUTONOMOUS
  • TSIPRAS SAYS GOVT WILL FIGHT TO GET OUT OF BAILOUT DEAD END
  • TSIPRAS SAYS WANTS TO NEGOTIATE TO MAKE DEBT SUSTAINABLE
  • TSIPRAS SAYS AUSTERITY WILL MAKE GREEK DEBT PROBLEM WORSE
  • “We must build a new independent Greece which is equal to our partners in Europe.”
  • TSIPRAS SAYS GREEK GOVT WILL FULLY IMPLEMENT ELECTION PLEDGES
  • “We will keep our pre-election promises. This is non-negotiable.”
  • TSIPRAS SAYS GREEKS CAN’T TAKE MORE DISAPPOINTMENT
  • “We will put an end to presidential decrees and bring back respect for the constitution”

These seem about as strong a threat/promise as a leader can make that GREXIT is coming!

  • TSIPRAS SAYS GREEK GOVT HAS NEGOTIATING STRATEGY
  • TSIPRAS SAYS COMMITMENT IS TO SERVE INTERESTS OF GREEK PEOPLE

Then Tsipras takes aim at previous governmental decisions…

  • TSIPRAS SAYS THIS WILL BE GOVT THAT STAYS TRUE TO ITS WORD
  • “The previous gov’t wanted its successor, but also Greece, to fail. They forgot to account for Greek people”
  • “The Greeks will take part in the negotiations – not just technocrats.”
  • “Our partners wanted 6-month extension of bailout but previous gov’t demanded two months”

Finally he concluded, fire and brimstone exuding…

  • “Things are difficult in Europe, but they are changing. Greece will play a leading role”
  • “The problem is not just Greek – it is European – and the solution will be European”
  • TSIPRAS SAYS CRISIS NOT JUST GREEK, IS EUROPEAN CRISIS
  • TSIPRAS SAYS WON’T NEGOTIATE ON GREEK NATIONAL SOVEREIGNTY
  • TSIPRAS: GREEK PEOPLE GAVE MANDATE TO END AUSTERITY, BAILOUT
  • He ends with his demands, clearly rejecting Europe’s ultimatum by not asking for a bailout extension…
  • TSIPRAS: GREEK GOVT WON’T ASK FOR BAILOUT EXTENSION
  • TSIPRAS: GREEK GOVT HAS NO RIGHT TO ASK FOR BAILOUT EXTENSION
  • “We want a bridging deal – until June – to give us a chance to kickstart development.”
  • “We’re asking for bridge agreement until summer. Despite difficulties, this is possible”
  • TSIPRAS SAYS CONFIDENT GREECE CAN REACH AGREEMENT IN 15 DAYS

 

References:

http://www.ekathimerini.com/4dcgi/_w_articles_wsite1_1_08/02/2015_547025

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