Marina Prentoulis, spokesperson for Syriza in the U.K., told teleSUR in an exclusive interview Thursday that what is needed is a “pan-European movement” capable of confronting the power of European capital and the neoliberal agenda of European leaders.
The Greek parliament voted Thursday in favor of reform measures required by a deal reached between the government of Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and Greece's creditors.
Prentoulis argued the Greek government was under extraordinary pressure and that alone there was little it could do to resist the demands of European leaders.
“In order to be able to resist their demands, we need a pan-European movement,” Prentoulis told teleSUR, adding this was the “only way to resist this immense power” of European capital.
The Syriza government, elected on an anti-austerity platform, has come under heavy criticism for agreeing to a deal involving measures running contrary to the leftist party's ideological outlook. Thirty-two members of parliament of the Syriza party voted against the deal.
Prentoulis said she hopes that the party will remain united despite the dissension over the bailout deal, arguing that support for the Syriza-led government and Prime Minister Tsipras is more important than ever.
“EU leaders, especially the conservative and liberal forces led by Germany and it allies, (are) trying really hard to remove Tsipras and the Syriza government from power,” Prentoulis told teleSUR.
Prentoulis said that supporters of the leftist Syriza party admit that it was a “forced agreement” and “not the type of deal that can help Greece.” Her statements echoed those made by Prime Minister Tsipras himself during the debate in parliament, who said he did not believe in the deal.
The challenged faced by Greece is not unique to the Mediterranean country. Large-scale anti-austerity movements have sprung up in other European countries. Prentoulis argued that European leaders are “trying to bring to their knees any anti austerity government” in order to keep their neoliberal project in power.