This gentleman has clearly shown by his example what it takes to be a true champion of democracy. The ability to take up power for a cause & also lay it down for that cause. How many politicians these days have that ability? More power to him and his party!
The victory of Greece’s anti-austerity Syriza party is a monstrous democratic slap to the European Union, believes Marine Le Pen, leader of France’s far-right National Front party, adding that for her this success means “the trial of the euro-austerity.”
“I welcome the monstrous Democratic slap the Greek people has given to the European Union,” Le Pen told France’s RTL radio.
According to Le Pen, Syriza’s triumph is “the first result of the unprecedented suffering undergone by the Greek people under the influence of the EU in recent years.”
The Greek election debate is one of freedom, she believes.
“Do we want to be free? With the European Union, we are not… Neither our immigration policy, nor our monetary policy or agriculture.”
Sunday’s elections in Greece are “opening the trial of the ‘euro-austerity’,” according to Le Pen.
“When we try to avoid democracy, the boomerang always returns with increased speed.”
Le Pen earlier said that though her party “doesn’t not agree with all of [Syriza’s] program,” France’s National Front “will celebrate their victory.”
“There is a fracturing in Europe, which is seeing the people taking power against the totalitarianism of the European Union and their accomplices, the financial markets,” she added.
Le Pen’s father, Jean-Marie Le Pen, who led the National Front party from its foundation in 1972 until 2011, welcomed “the defeat of the European Union in Athens.”
Syriza’s win was welcomed by France’s Socialist party, several MPs from which protested France’s President Francois Hollande anti-austerity policies last year.
“The victory of a party on the left is always good news for the Socialist party in France,” said First Secretary Jean-Christophe Cambadélis.
Jean-Luc Melenchon, France’s most prominent far-left politician described Syriza’s success as “pure happiness.”
“This is a new page for Europe. Maybe we can take the opportunity to rebuild Europe, which has become the federal Europe of the liberals,” Mélenchon told France’s BFM TV.
On Sunday, Syriza won 149 seats in the 300-seat Greek parliamentary election. Party leader Alexis Tsipras said Greece leaves behind five years of humiliation and suffering, fear and authoritarianism while addressing thousands of cheering supporters at a rally in Athens.
Tsipras is moving to build a stable government and plans to get rid of Athens’ three main creditors – the European Union, the International Monetary Fund and the European Central Bank.
Behind this week’s headlines on Greece – of an economy in meltdown, of stock market losses and British holidaymakers having to hoard Euros before jetting off to Corfu – lies a country besieged by tragedy. People in Greece are suffering. Over 40 per cent of children are living in poverty, up from 23 per cent in 2008. A quarter of the workforce is unemployed and over half of young people don’t have a job.