Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras’ statement in Efimerida Ton Syntakton ( EfSyn) newspaper on the issues relating to the current negotiation
One can only suspect political motives behind the institutions’insistence that new cuts be made to pensions despite five years of pillaging by the memoranda. The Greek government is negotiating with a plan, and has presented nuanced counterproposals.
We will patiently wait for the institutions adhere to realism. Those who perceive our sincere wish for a solution and our attempts to bridge the differences as a sign of weakness, should consider the following:
We are not simply shouldering a history laden with struggles.
We are shouldering the dignity of our people, as well as the hopes of the people of Europe. We cannot ignore this responsibility. This is not a matter of ideological stubbornness. This is about democracy.
We do not have the right to bury European democracy in the place where it was born.