October 10, 2020 | News | No Comments
Taking a cue from the Syriza-led Greek government and their challenge the austerity policies that dominate European economics, activists across the continent are focusing their ire on a summit of the European Central Bank (ECB) later this week.
Ahead of the meeting in Frankfurt, Germany, Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras assured the citizens of Greece that, despite pressure from European lenders, they will not go back on their pledge to roll back extreme reform measures agreed to by the previous administration.
“Whatever obstacles we may encounter in our negotiating effort, we will not return to the policies of austerity,” Tsipras told daily Ethnos in an interview on Monday.
“The key for an honorable compromise,” the Syriza party leader continued, “is to recognize that the previous policy of extreme austerity has failed, not only in Greece, but in the whole of Europe.”
Pivoting on the ongoing negotiations between the recently elected Syriza government and the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the ECB, and the European Union, activists from across Europe are preparing to descend on Frankfurt, Germany where Tsipras will join other officials for the ECB summit set to begin on Wednesday.
The international Blockupy movement has announced a mass demonstration, including a march, blockades and sit-ins, during the opening ceremony of the new ECB headquarters on Wednesday, March 18.
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