Left­ists blast gov­ern­ment over deal for air­ports

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SYRIZA’s Left Plat­form slammed the gov­ern­ment yesterday over its de­ci­sion to pro­ceed with the con­ces­sion deal for 14 re­gional Greek air­ports, ac­cus­ing the coali­tion of “sur­ren­der­ing” public as­sets, as the rift in the party be­tween those will­ing to im­ple­ment the coun­try’s new bailout agree­ment and those ve­he­mently op­posed to it grows.

The Left Plat­form-af­fil­i­ated web­site iskra.gr pub­lished an ar­ti­cle ac­cus­ing the gov­ern­ment of hand­ing over the air­ports for a “measly sum as a prize to Ger­man in­ter­ests.” The 40-year con­tract for the air­ports has been awarded to a con­sor­tium led by Ger­many’s Fra­port AG but also in­clud­ing Greece’s Copelouzos Group.

The ar­ti­cle re­ferred to the deal as be­ing the “first fire sale un­der a SYRIZA gov­ern­ment” and a “large present to [An­gela] Merkel and [Wolf­gang] Schaeu­ble, clearly in re­turn for their ser­vices in the for­ma­tion of the new, de­plorable mem­o­ran­dum.”

Ear­lier, Stathis Le­out­sakos, an MP who is part of the Left Plat­form, said that if Prime Min­is­ter Alexis Tsipras de­cides to hold a con­fi­dence vote, mem­bers of the rad­i­cal fac­tion would not back him. The Left Plat­form is ex­pected to step up pres­sure on Tsipras in the com­ing days to al­low greater de­bate in the party bod­ies about the pol­icy di­rec­tion cho­sen by the prime min­is­ter.

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