Some wondered if I was crazy and risked losing the elections over the Prespa Agreement, but I made a this decision in order to urgently improve the country’s role, says SYRIZA leader and former Greek PM Alexis Tsipras.
In an interview with Antenna TV, Tsipras was commenting on the reasons for the loss at this year’s parliamentary elections, saying the Prespa Agreement was one of them, but also on achieving the main goals during his four-and-a-half year term while faced with three crises – the financial crisis, one involving national issues and the refugee crisis.
“Our grand achievement is upgrading of the country’s geopolitical role during a difficult period for Greece and we are witnessing this now. Some wondered if I was crazy and risked losing the elections over the Prespa Agreement, but I made a this decision in order to urgently improve the country’s role,” says Tsipras.
When quizzed if this was one of the reasons for losing the elections, the SYRIZA leader responded affirmatively.
“I believe so. Mainly because of the toxic propaganda created around the issue. Populism. When seeing some who had supported a solution for 30 years saluting those who disagreed with this by demonstrating a quasi-patriotic feature. But I said there was an urgent need for upgrading of our country’s geopolitical role, an urgent need to solve problems and disputes in order to eliminate Turkish presence on our northern border,” said Tsipras.