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Athens Macedonian News Agency: News in English, 13-01-11

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  • [01] SYRIZA leader acknowledges dip in party's momentum

  • [01] SYRIZA leader acknowledges dip in party's momentum

    AMNA--Main opposition SYRIZA leader Alexis Tsipras acknowledged a 'stagnation' in his party's momentum on Friday, following the publication of an opinion poll indicating a decline in the main opposition party's popularity, while he also passed off as "absurdities" press claims that German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble had "asked permission" from Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras to meet with Tsipras in Berlin next week.

    "Quite the opposite", he said, German Chancellor Angela Merkel's real opponent is not inside Germany but "a non-conformist government in another country, with this most likely to occur in Greece, with SYRIZA".amna

    Tsipras is to have his first-ever meeting with Schaeuble, next week in Berlin, at a meeting that was arranged before Christmas in consultation with Germany's left-wing party Die Linke. Tsipras is tentatively due to arrive in the German capital on Saturday and will stay for four days, which may be extended by one or two days, and is scheduled to have a series of contacts with Social Democratic Party (SPD) officials, intellectuals, and will speak at a Die Linke event.

    Speaking on private REAL radio station on Friday, Tsipras said: "I do not deny that a tendency of stagnation has been recorded in SYRIZA's momentum. I, too, sense this", attributing this to the fact that a great expectation had been created that SYRIZA will manage to obstruct the government from passing the (austerity) measures and upset the policy, but was belied".amna

    "There are no mobilizations. SYRIZA's momentum and the people's mobilizations are communicating vessels", adding that a dip in SYRIZA's momentum was only to be expected, and opining that "soon, the top party will be unemployment" and that the citizens' expectations of the government will also be belied soon.amna

    He further expressed concern and worry over recent incidents of violence such as Friday's early morning spate of firebombs targeting journalists' homes.

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