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The Press Project - Greece | 21/05/2014

Voters not convinced by Samaras' optimism

Two days after the first round of the Greek local and regional elections, Prime Minister Antonis Samaras presented a national development plan on Tuesday that foresees tax cuts and the creation of 770,000 new jobs by 2020. Such a transparent election manoeuvre can't help but fail, the website The Press Project is convinced: "What he wants is to make up for everything the previous governments (in which his party and the socialist Pasok took part) failed to do. The government that plunged the country into an unprecedented recession is now promising development. ... The entire world - even the International Monetary Fund (IMF) - says that the Greek debt is not sustainable. Only the government is claiming that it is, on the basis of one argument: Greece's return to the markets. But it's not the markets that go to the polling booth. It's the unemployed, the unpaid, the uninsured, the poor farmers and the people running small and medium-sized companies."

The Press Project - Greece | 16/05/2014

Tsipras has made it in Europe

Alexis Tsipras, the leading candidate of the European left and Syriza chairman, took part in a televised debate on the European elections on Thursday night. Tsipras made a good impression and, unlike Greek PM Samaras, is now a recognised figure in European politics, the alternative website The Press Project writes: "Tsipras was at the centre of Europe, in Brussels, while Samaras was somewhere in Thessaloniki [delivering a campaign speech]. ... Tsipras dealt with the end of the austerity policy, the abolition of the troika, a pan-European conference on settling the states' debts. He talked about the competence of the European Parliament, a European New Deal, economic policy, combating unemployment, growth, migration policy, and how to give Europe more sparkle. Tsipras dealt with key topics in a debate that seemed taboo for everyone else. He had to decide whether to address the Greek public or the people of Europe. He chose the latter: a good decision."

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