Greek opposition leader seeks to reassure the US
APWASHINGTON--Greece's leftist opposition leader, Alexis Tsipras, was in Washington on Tuesday seeking to reassure U.S. officials that he would lead a responsible government if elected.
January 24, 2013, 12:03 am TWN
Tsipras heads Syriza, the radical left coalition party, which is leading Greek polls. He has strongly opposed austerity measures agreed to by the Greek government under the terms of rescue loans by other European states and the International Monetary Fund.
Greece's debt crisis has led to extreme hardship, with its economy expected to contract for a sixth consecutive year in 2013 and unemployment swelling at an alarming rate.
Tsipras says that the terms of agreements with international creditors need to change.
“The insistence on implementing this agreement is at odds with the laws of humanity,” Tsipras told an audience at the Brookings Institution in Washington on Tuesday.