No tie, sports shoes, casual style, fan of motorbikes, not married, communist, atheist, a short-lived political star that got people hopeful that things will change in Europe… This is a succinct description of the current Greek PM, Alexis Tsipras, who is coming to Serbia today for an official visit.
Tspiras shook up the European political scene with his tough rhetoric towards Brussels when his left-wing party, Syriza won the election in Greece. The global media were fascinated with this anonymous politician who was thrown in the spotlight following the economic crisis in Greece.
Alexis Tsipras is the youngest Greek prime minister ever and has been appointed to the office twice in just one year. First time he became the PM in January 2015, supported by the Greeks who had suffered a lot from the austerity measures imposed by the EU. After the election, Tsipras’ government was very vocal about abolishing the austerity measures that Brussels had insisted on, but, as it turned out, none of that happened. Greece declared technical bankruptcy and Tsipras resigned. In the meantime, the Greeks voted “no” in the referendum to the demands of the international creditors (the EU and the IMF), and, subsequently, Tsipras was re-appointed prime minister.
“It is important to support the movements that are anti-privatization and anti-neoliberalism. Instead of a Europe that fears unemployment and poverty, instead of today’s Europe that redistributes income to the few and fear to many, instead of a Europe of bankers and capital, we want a Europe of human needs,” – Tsipras said on the occasion.
The Greek PM will meet separately with the Serbian PM, Aleksandar Vucic and Serbian President, Tomislav Nikolic today.
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