Latvian MEP hits out at 'inability' of Greek government

  • 2015-06-30
  • From wire reports and TBT staff, RIGA

According to Latvian Member of European Parliament, Inese Vaidere, the current government of Greece has been intentionally steering the country towards economic collapse, and “will get what it deserves.” 

A member of the liberal-conservative Unity party, Vaidere slammed the Greek government, and believes there are parallels to be drawn between Greece and Russia in terms of the information both countries are providing to their populations.

“I am reading in the news what the Greek government, headed by Alexis Tsipras and the Syriza party, is telling its people, and there is some similarity to Russia,” said Vaidere. “Greek people are constantly being lied to about the actual situation. 

“Instead of blaming their own inability, the government blames international creditors, and has created its biggest enemy out of Germany.” 

Vaidere believes should Greece vote against the proposed economic reforms proposed by the European Union on Sunday July 15, 2015, there would be no choice for Greece other than to exit the Eurozone. 

She added the country would rank as low as some African countries, which have defaulted on their debts to the International Monetary Fund. 

“If this scenario comes to reality, ordinary Greeks will face very tough times,” she continued. “They will be forced to get by with what they earn, and it is definitely not much because the state economy has seen no reforms.

”I feel sorry for the common people."

Vaidere’s comments are in line with those of Lithuanian President, Dalia Grybauskaite, who on June 23, 2015, also hit out at the Greek leadership’s economic failings. 

“The Greek government needs to understand in order to overcome the crisis, you need to put your shoulders together, implement the necessary reforms and live within your means.” 

Grybauskaite suggested the Greek government should have adopted austerity measures to control the situation. 

As reported, Greece must pay 1.6 billion euros to the IMF on June 30, 2015, with another 6.7 billion euros due in July and August.