Syriza-led Greek parliament ‘will never ratify TTIP’

Alexis Tsipras.

Alexis Tsipras, Greece’s new Prime Minister.

The newly-elected government in Athens has always been suspicious of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) and will use its Parliament majority to sink the EU-US trade pact, claims a former Syriza MEP now turned minister, according to Euractiv.

After making its voice heard in the debate over sanctions on Russia, the new government in Athens is now making its opposition known to the EU-US trade deal, TTIP.

Georgios Katrougkalos, a former influential Syriza MEP who quit his European Parliament seat to become deputy minister for administrative reform in the leftist Greek government, said the new leadership in Athens will use its veto to kill the proposed trade pact – at least in its current form.

Just before the January elections, he told EurActiv Greece that a Syriza-dominated Greek parliament would never ratify the EU-USA trade deal.

Asked by EurActiv Greece whether the promise still holds now Syriza is in power, Katrougkalos replied:

“I can ensure you that a Parliament where Syriza holds the majority will never ratify the deal. And this will be a big gift not only to the Greek people but to all the European people”.

Read the rest on Euractiv.

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10 thoughts on “Syriza-led Greek parliament ‘will never ratify TTIP’

  1. Stephen Bee

    I hope many in the new Greek Government, have plenty of security guards..people who oppose the US..have a habit of turning up dead…!

  2. casalealex

    By what I have read so far, I am hopeful that Greece will be able to withstand the possible onslaught by those who have ruined many countries over recent years, namely IMF, The World Bank, Washington, The Chicago School, and the conglomerates of Big Business, etc.

    Many newly formed governments, who have tried to democratise their countries, and have been thwarted by those mentioned above. These countries have been taken over by the “free-marketeers”, who offer £billions to restructure them, forcing them to have to give in to their virtual take over of their national assets, in the name of ‘economics’.

    However, these countries have had most of their institutions privatised, many businesses were delibnerately closed down, many people made unemployed, and their natural resources stolen, whilst the corporations have brought in their own companies and workers, etc.

    Due to government debts etc, they have been coerced into tacitly accepting new laws and regulations, which favour the corporatocracies, who have ruined their countries, and so many of these countries have designated areas which appear to be thriving, but hiding the many ‘shanty towns’ hidden from outsiders.

    I would like to see Greece, the birthplace of Democracy, give the rest of the world the hope and fulfilment of a more equal world.

  3. concernedkev

    Are the Us preparing Europe for WW3. Trade wars always precede conventional wars. If the Tensions between the EU and Russia can be ramped up as at present without it tipping into a nuclear conflict then occupation of Greece and the Balkans could be on the cards again. In the eyes of those who believe in mass population control, a good dose of war in eastern Europe could serve several purposes. The problem is how do they contain it so they have Nations to trade with afterwards.

  4. casalealex

    “We are on the verge of a global transformation. All we need is the right major crisis and the nation will accept The New World Order.”
    David Rockefeller

      1. casalealex

        I checked out and found one of the comments:

        How to create a communist state by Saul Alinsky

        There are 8 levels of control that must be obtained before you are able to create a communist state. The first is the most important.

        1) Healthcare – Control healthcare and you control the people

        2) Poverty – Increase the Poverty level as high as possible, poor people are easier to control and will not fight back.

        3) Debt – Increase the debt to an unsustainable level. That way you are able to increase taxes,  this will produce more poverty.

        4) Gun Control – Remove the ability to defend themselves from the Government.

        5) Welfare – Take control of every aspect of their lives (Food, Housing, and Income)

        6) Education – Take control of what people read and listen to.

        7) Religion – Remove the belief in the God from the Government and schools

        8) Class Warfare – Divide the people into the wealthy and the poor. This will cause more discontent and it will be easier to (Tax) the wealthy.

        My first thought was that this rather sounds like what we have here in UK?

      2. Mike Sivier Post author

        Under the Tories?
        Of course, that’s not your actual Communism, is it? It’s Imperialism – the proles are ruled by an untouchable elite: “You control the people… You increase taxes…” The divide between the people and the government… control, control, division. A “them and us” mentality. In Communism there’s no “them”.

  5. casalealex

    Mike, I still maintain that the levels mentioned could all be directed
    at this Coalition ‘government’; but No 4 (without the Gun control bit); and of course No.7 doesn’t come into to it because Cameron himself has told us,

    …..“giving, sharing and taking care of others” at home and around the world was something Britain could be proud of…..I believe we should be more confident about our status as a Christian country, more ambitious about expanding the role of faith-based organisations, and, frankly, more evangelical about a faith that compels us to get out there and make a difference to people’s lives.”

    Alinsky called it communism. More like authoritarianism to me.
    But, whatever, hopefully, I don’t think the Greeks intend to promulgate either of these isms. I am hoping they are going for democracy.

    1. Mike Sivier Post author

      Authoritarianism seems about right to me. We do have gun control, and God may be merrily removed from the state apparatus without any adverse effect on it.
      I think Greece is going for democracy, too.

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