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PES President Sergei Stanishev on the result of the Greek elections

Commenting on the result of the Greek elections, PES President Sergei Stanishev said: "The Greek elections of 20 September have given a clear victory to SYRIZA. Everyone must recognize and respect that result. I also want to commend the efforts of our sister party PASOK in rallying the progressives voters in Greece that has started to show results.

It is very encouraging that an overwhelming majority of the Greek voters have confirmed their support to pro-European forces. But it should be also clear to everyone that this was not a vote in favour of austerity policies. Throughout Europe, our message is taking root : the way forward is neither austerity-only, nor unsustainable management, but rather the combination of responsible government with growth-oriented and socially fair policies.

We can regret the decision of Mr Tsipras to renew the coalition with the right-wing « Independent Greeks ». The possibility to form a stable government by joining all progressive forces in Greece was a real one, and it was unfortunately ignored. Looking ahead, it is clear that the implementation of the memorandum signed by Mr Tsipras will certainly face many challenges. It must become an opportunity to implement the progressive reforms that will modernise the economy and the state, in a socially fair and viable way.

European Socialists have showed that we support the Greek people and Greece's place at the heart of Europe. I now call on the new Greek government, the European Union and all Member States to show the solidarity, seriousness, and commitment that is necessary to put an end to the protracted crisis. It is vital that Greece be put back on a path of growth, social justice, and economic viability, the objectives that we have been promoting since the onset of the crisis."

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