To Potami has always been in favor of the idea of a “government of knowledgeable” that will have a specific plan for the country for the next years. If this government is ever formed, we have the duty to support it. Not because we want to become ministers ourselves, but in order to support a salvation government of the country.
“The fact that some governmental officials imply that there is a chance that there will be elections within the next six months in the country is funny. We need to avoid elections whatsoever. Yet, we have a bad government that does not realize people’s pulse. I firmly believe that Mr Tsipras needs to realize his responsibilities and try to form another government from the current formation of the Parliament,” stated Stavros Theodorakis in a pre-convention meeting, which was held in Crete.
Asked to state whether To Potami would join an ecumenical government, the leader of Potami said that “We do not believe in ecumenical governments, because everyone is there, but no one assumes the responsibility. They are just trying to save themselves. He also pointed out that To Potami has always been in favor of the idea of a “government of knowledgeable” that will have a specific plan for the country for the next years. If this government is ever formed, we have the duty to support it. Not because we want to become ministers ourselves, but in order to support a salvation government of the country”.
Asked to comment on the latest developments, regarding the social insurance security system, Mr Theodorakis said “They are making an obvious mistake for a new government. They are afraid to talk to people, to whom they used to give flagrant promises. They must talk to farmers, lawyers, doctors, self-employed. They cannot think anymore that “We make the decisions, while people are just there in order to applaud”.
Asked to comment on the negotiating ability of the government, Mr Theodorakis said:
“The government mainly deliberates with our partners on what it needs to do. You need to know where your country is heading for, in order to negotiate. I am afraid that they don’t know where they want to lead the country.
Asked to comment on the Prime Minister:
“We do not trust Mr Alexis Tsipras. At least, he seems to be a person that risks a lot. Yet, what he is putting in peril is not his, it is Greek people’s”.
Asked to comment on the migration issue:
“There are two ultimate priorities for us. First, we need to prevent people from drowning in the Aegean. Second, we need to send out the image of a serious country, which, on one hand, gives refugees the chance to go to Europe, but, on the other hand, is not the destination of the migrants of the entire world”.
Asked to comment on the future of Potami:
“The challenge for To Potami is to remain the steam-engine of reforms. We are a small political party. Yet, we have to admit that To Potami has plenty of proposals and solutions. We want it to remain the force of reforms in the country.
Asked to comment on Schauble’s statements:
“If we ever exit the crisis, Greeks need to build a statue, in order to honor the Greek citizen. The Greek citizen will get us out of the crisis. The Greek citizen is the one that has been tortured. The other ones, outside and inside the country, had no significant contribution, in dealing with the crisis”.
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