Tsipras calls for further growth as Greece returns to the markets
Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras emphasised the importance of continuing the apparent upturn in fortunes as Greece returned to the financial markets this week.
The PM was speaking at the second of a series of regional growth conferences as he continues to imply that he and his hard-left SYRIZA-led government should in some way take credit for it. However, the fact that he and his government to Greece to the brink of bankruptcy in 2015 is still fresh in the mind of many.
“The goal of growth is connected to the very existence of our nation, our national sovereignty, the prosperity of our people, our children,” he said in the town of Lamia.
“As we look toward the day after, we are all in the same boat,” he continued. “We are all sitting on the same branch,” he added. “We should stop sawing away at it.”
The return to the bond market should certainly be recognised as a positive step, but there is much to be done before the bailout package is due to end in 2018.
The PM, also pointed out the government’s aim of ensuring “fair growth” and that those that have been hardest hit by the country’s financial crisis will not have to suffer any more.