Britain’s decision to leave the European Union will hopefully serve as a “wakeup call” for the rest of the Union and highlight the need to take brave decisions and reform institutions, Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said on Tuesday, as he arrived at the EU summit in Brussels, which will discuss the results of the referendum and the next steps.
“I’m afraid we’re at a difficult crossroads. Europe has reached a predictable crisis because of the democratic deficit, because of the absence of social cohesion and solidarity. I hope that the outcome of the British referendum will work as a wakeup call for Europe,” Tsipras told journalists.
“In any case, it is necessary to take brave decisions in order to make Europe more attractive to its people. It’s necessary to take emergency initiatives in order to replace austerity with growth, division with convergence, unemployment with decent jobs and endless negotiations behind closed doors with transparency and democracy,” he added.