“We need a radical change in Greece and Europe,” Rena Dourou, a Member of the Greek Parliament for the major opposition Coalition of the Radical Left (SYRIZA) part said during programs at Princeton University and New York University presented under the title Is The European Union Condemned? A View From Greece.
Dourou talked about several issues, outlining the economic crisis in Greece and in Europe. She said that new policies are needed to build a new EU and benefit people not banks or markets. SYRIZA opposes the austerity measures being imposed in Greece on the orders of international lenders putting up $325 billion in two bailouts.
Among other things, she talked about the problems of unemployment, tax evasion, humanitarian disaster etc. , adding that the Eurozone is a strategy of public investment in jobs, infrastructure, education and research. These alone, could create a new, progressive agenda for the EU so as to regain its credibility towards the people, she said.
In response to several questions, she talked about Greece’s record unemployment rate and the rise of the neo-Nazi Golden Dawn party which won 18 seats in Parliament last year on the back of a platform to rid Greece of all immigrants and has promoted an anti-Semitic and anti-Gay stance as well.
Dourou was to meet with Archbishop Demetrios of America and then with members of the National Council of America and speak as well to the Federation of Hellenic Societies of Greater New York.