«Every single day that passes by is making Greeks suffer more and more. Those governing should get the message that Greeks finally need a solution». This is what Stavros Theodorakis, leader of Potami, stated from Patras, where he attended an event in the Conference and Cultural Centre of the University of Patras.
This is his complete statement:
“Just like all Greeks, we too are waiting for the final decisions of the government. I may be smiling a bit, but I actually mean what I am saying in a rather dramatic way, for it’s been more than a hundred days now and we still don’t know anything about the actual decisions of the government. What is it planning to do? As you know, we are going from a rupture with our partners to bright smiles, and from those to the referendum scenario. In any case, I just hope that within the following days, there will be a solution. Greeks can no longer go through this hardship, the economy itself cannot stand this either. We need a program, in order to deal with social inequalities and get back to a path of sustainable growth. Every single day that passes by, is making Greeks suffer more and more. Those governing should get the message that Greeks finally need a solution. This is not a message sent by us. It should be crystal clear to anyone who takes a look around and sees what is going on in the cities, in Athens and in any place through out Greece.
Asked whether he is optimistic about the outcome of negotiations and a potential agreement, Mr Theodorakis replied:
«I am very confident about the potential of this country, but I cannot be optimistic considering the hardship that Greeks are currently going through. Of course, I do not think that there is anyone who would consider that there is room for any other outcome than keeping Greece within the eurozone. In this sense, I am full of hope that the European Greece will reach a decent deal. But what does it take for this to happen? Obviously, it takes more than slogans and good will. It takes thorough research, a specific plan, effectiveness and determination. I am afraid that the government does not fulfill these conditions.
13 May 2015
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