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Greek leftist leader spreads anti-austerity message

Tuesday, May 22, 2012 - 01:14

May 23 - Alexis Tsipras has visited France and Germany in a bid to win support to keep Greece in the Euro while ending the stringent austerity measures in the country. Joanne Nicholson reports.

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He says he'll put a stop to the austerity programme if his party wins the next Greek election. Alexis Tsipras is the leader of leftist party, Syriza. A day after visiting France, he's in Germany trying to bring his message to the rest of Europe. He told an audience in Berlin that the Greek crisis is also Europe's crisis, and that the austerity measures being pushed by German chancellor Angela Merkel could bring down the euro zone as a whole. (SOUNDBITE)(Greek) GREEK LEFT SYRIZA PARTY LEADER ALEXIS TSIPRAS, SAYING: "If we had a different rescue package, one that does not have relentless austerity or internal degradation at its centre but one that focuses on growth, on developing employment, the Greeks could be put back on their own feet and pay back their debt." Tsipras came second in Greek elections two weeks ago. He won enough votes to prevent pro-austerity parties forming a government. The coalition talks failed after Tsipras refused to join the socialists and conservatives in a unity government. A new election takes place in mid-June. Joanne Nicholson, Reuters

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Greek leftist leader spreads anti-austerity message

Tuesday, May 22, 2012 - 01:14