Monica Frassoni and Reinhard Bütikofer, Co-Chairs of the European Green Party, comment on the outcome of the Greek elections:
“First of all, we would like to congratulate our friends from Oikologoi Prasinoi, the European Green Party’s Greek member, which ran in coalition with Syriza and will be represented by two MPs, Yorgos Dimaras and Yannis Tsironis, in the new Parliament. We know that, even in tough economic times, the Greek Greens will keep pushing forward a Green agenda in the Parliament. The Green path to economic recovery is the only viable and durable solution to this economic, social and environmental crisis.
“Secondly, Europe must take note of the fact that the majority of Greek voters gave a new mandate to Syriza, who: fought to get the best deal obtainable; accepted the Third Memorandum; promised to break with the old system; and put the necessity of debt relief back on the table. Europe should acknowledge the political maturity that Greek people are demonstrating, and provide the necessary assistance to reduce the negative effects of the MoU, which remains an unfair deal.
“Such a low turnout in a country where voting is mandatory is also a clear signal that Europe should heed: ‘do not play too close to the edge, we are doing our part, help us by doing yours’. The new government has to deliver painful results on the agreed reforms. Now it’s Europe’s turn to go beyond the word ‘austerity’ with the words ‘green growth’ and ‘debt relief’, the last one a necessity that even the IMF recognised in July”.