The leader of Greece’s major opposition Coalition of the Radical Left (SYRIZA) party, Alexis Tsipras, is set to meet State Department and International Monetary Fund officials, members of Congress, analysts and academics in Washington and New York, between Jan. 22-25.
Tsipras’ address is on Greece and the Future Economic Challenges where it is expected he will concentrate on the economic and social outlooks of Greece and the relations between Greece and Europe during a crushing economic crisis and the accompanying austerity measures his party opposes.
He is expected to talk about the role that the U.S. could play if they were to help both Greece and Europe deal with the current economic crisis although he is vehemently against the austerity measures attached to bailouts that are all that’s keeping Greece from going bankrupt. He said he wants to scrap the terms, not fire any Greek workers nor reduce spending but offered no solutions on how that could be done.
Tsipras will head a delegation, that includes economists George Stathakis and John Milios, the party’s foreign relations director Rena Dourou, and the Director of his political office Nikos Pappas. William Antholis, a noted Greek-American who is the Brookings institution’s Managing Director and a senior fellow in Governance Studies, is going to make preliminary remarks and debate with Tsipras.
After his visit to Washington, Tsipras will travel in New York, where he is going to give speeches at Columbia University, The City University of New York and attend gatherings of Greeks of the Diaspora on Jan. 24 and Jan. 25. He is expected to meet U.S. politicians, journalists and analysts, as well.