Ger­man MEP of Greek ori­gin launches new party

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Jorgo Chatz­i­markakis, an MEP with Ger­many’s Free Demo­cratic Party, yes­ter­day launched a new party in Greece that will par­tic­i­pate in Euro­pean Par­lia­ment elec­tions in May with the aim of giv­ing Greeks “a strong voice” in Europe.

Launch­ing his party, called Greek Euro­pean Cit­i­zens, at the of­fices of the Euro­pean Par­lia­ment in Athens, Chatz­i­markakis crit­i­cized Ger­man poli­cies op­po­site Greece and Europe and de­scribed the troika as “a sup­pos­edly tech­no­cratic body” that has com­pro- mised “ba­sic demo­cratic rights and cit­i­zens’ in­comes.” He ac­cused Ger­many of hav­ing “tdou­ble stan­dards” and de­scribed the aus­ter­ity poli­cies it has cham­pi­oned in Greece and other EU mem­ber states as “a dead end.”

The 47-year-old politi­cian had in­di­cated last spring that he would end his po­lit­i­cal ca­reer in Ger­many due to his frus­tra­tion at the way his party and the Ger­man gov­ern­ment had treated Greece and Cyprus over their bailouts.

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