Greek minister: We won't be blackmailed
A Greek minister has declared that the new government will not be blackmailed by Germany into abandoning its anti-austerity programme.
Panagiotis Lafazanis told the Athens parliament that there should be “no doubt” that Alexis Tsipras’s government will fully implement its “radical, progressive” programme.
Lafazanis, the minister for Minister of Productive Reconstruction, Environment and Energy, also said that restoring industrial growth will be at the “core” of the government’s strategy.
He also insisted that various planned sales of state assets will be cancelled. Such privatisations were simply nationalisations, to foreign powers, he said. But that may not please Greece’s creditors, as privatisations are a key part of the bailout programme.
Diane Shugart, who is doing a phenomenal job live-tweeting the confidence debate, has the details: