THE EUROPEAN COMMISSION IS PUSHING FOR UNITY AFTER GREECE
The European Commission is pushing for unity after Greece’s new prime minister accused Spain and Portugal of leading a conservative conspiracy to topple his anti-austerity government, reports www.euronews.com.
More used to clashing with Berlin over years of austerity imposed by international creditors, Alexis Tsipras turned on Madrid and Lisbon as he addressed his radical left Syriza party at the weekend.
Tsipras accused the Spanish and Portuguese of trying to sabotage recent euro zone talks on extending Greece’s bailout programme, prompted by fears over the rise of the left in their own countries.
“We found opposing us an axis of powers … led by the governments of Spain and Portugal which for obvious political reasons attempted to lead the entire negotiations to the brink,” Tsipras said.
“Their plan was and is to wear down, topple or bring our government to unconditional surrender before our work begins to bear fruit and before the Greek example affects other countries,” he said.