Greece's prospects as the memorandum programme draws to a close in 2018, as well as ruling SYRIZA's overtures to the parties of the "broader progressive arc," dominated an interview given by Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras to the Greek Sunday newspaper "Nea Selida".
Tsipras noted that the programme will end next summer and that Greece must be supported with specific measures so that it can tap the markets using its own strength before that time. "Isn't that our final goal? After June 15, we are closer than ever," he said.
Listing the country's gains in the last round of the negotiations, the prime minister especially highlighted the fact that the government's stance in the negotiations had led to a better agreement for Greece. Neither the positive measures, nor the growth clause, nor the Development Bank nor a clear commitment to support Greece's access to the markets would exist if the government had signed when the main opposition was clamouring for it to do so, he added.
Talking about the PASOK party, meanwhile, Tsipras said that SYRIZA would be "genuinely pleased if [PASOK] once again found its progressive orientation and the courage to start a sincere and unprejudiced dialogue with the governing Left, with SYRIZA, on the prospects of a progressive governance after the end of the memoranda."