Many on left wing of premier’s party say they can’t accept further pension and wage cuts
Vassilis Chatzilamprou, a member of the Greek Parliament for the left-wing Syriza party, at a political festival late Sunday.PHOTO: CHARLES FORELLE/THE WALL STREET JOURNAL
By Charles Forelle
The Wall Street Journal
ATHENS—To avert a default and possible exit from the eurozone, Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras must sell Germany’s chancellor, Angela Merkel, on his plan to fix Greece’s finances.
Then he needs to persuade Vassilis Chatzilamprou.
But the lawmaker from Mr. Tsipras’s left-wing Syriza party said he was in no mood for submission.
“We cannot accept strict, recessionary measures,” Mr. Chatzilamprou said at the Resistance Festival, an annual gathering of Greece’s far left. It was after midnight Sunday, and the weekend festival was winding down. “People have now reached their limits.”
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