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Antonis Samaras: scenarios for a new government are a political anomaly

15 December 2013 / 14:12:03  GRReporter
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In an interview with journalist Alexis Papahelas of Kathimerini newspaper, Samaras absolutely categorically denied the likelihood of triple elections in May. In parallel, he rejected the possibility of a new government within this Parliament. The Prime Minister noted that if narrow party interests were taken into account, triple elections would be more beneficial. However, he himself considered the smooth exit of the crisis of paramount importance.

Samaras noted that partners should make the decision for the settlement of the Greek debt by the spring at the latest. He made it clear that there is disagreement within the Troika and stressed that there will be no new memorandum. He also revealed that he has recently met Costas Karamanlis and they talked like good friends. At the same time, he attacked SYRIZA President Alexis Tsipras, accusing him of populism, which, according to him, "is the biggest enemy today."

- After the budget, the government is facing another very hard vote in Parliament for the real estate tax. In the past, New Democracy MPs who voted against critical laws were excluded from the parliamentary group. Will the same thing happen this time?

- There will be no problem. Firstly, because we absolutely respect both consultations and parliamentary debate. We listen to our members and MPs from all parties when they say something right, our ears are open, as well as our minds. A typical example is the bill for the tax on real estate. We held a wide and meaningful discussion with our colleagues. And we really had an understanding on issues which seemed to be insurmountable. Secondly, in turn, our lawmakers have shown absolute responsibility and supported very difficult bills that have already passed. From now on, there will be much fewer difficulties.

- You have spoken abroad about "airbags" in connection with the parliamentary majority. What did you mean?

Something very simple, which actually should not need explanation: apart from partisan controversy, which is something natural in any parliament, there is common sense and a sense of national interest which this government imposes in order to finish its work and be judged by the results after the work is finished. And it should not be forced to leave it in the middle, throwing the country back into anarchy. We are trying to get away from the brink very quickly, and we should not be forced back there. And not only we who govern see it, but many others see it, too. I said that obviously there are many who will not allow a cycle of political anomaly in Greece in case they do not agree with us. And I am absolutely convinced.

- How would you respond to scenarios for another government within this Parliament?

- I think, and I declare categorically, that these are scenarios of the political anomaly! Because they can only take place as a result of a political anomaly. And they will surely lead to political chaos. Do not forget that what we've been through and are still trying to overcome is unprecedented. It cannot be compared to anything that Greece has experienced in recent decades. At a time when I am dedicating all my energy to issues such as how to overcome the crisis, how to turn deficits into surpluses, how to reverse the bad image of the country abroad, how to strengthen the position of Greece in an increasingly turbulent international environment, how to push through reforms in response to interests of affected parties which are doing everything possible in order to frustrate, how to achieve a further reduction of our debt and how to get major investments, if I had to think about "movements" or "scenarios" of the political anomaly, then I would be doing those who want to see our country on its knees, uncontrollable, "ruinous and pernicious at the same time" a favour. I would not do such a favour to anyone for any reason. I am on the right track, I stand in the light, I say what I have to say, we work 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 52 weeks a year, and why not even more. People see and understand this. I am not interested in those who move on the dark side. But people see them, too and understand them. They also understand their motives. And, if necessary, they would be given the appropriate response. But I do not think that will be necessary...

- Former Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis is officially silent, but publications about relations between you are continuous. Actually, how would you describe your relationship with the former Prime Minister?

- Our relations are excellent as always. A few days ago we met and talked like good friends. And I think that nothing could change that...

Elections should be held every 4 years

- Mr. Tsipras has recently said that the European elections will mark the fall of the government. Will the government be able to continue its life if New Democracy is the second force in the European elections?

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