5 June 2005
George Papandreou's Interview to the "Sunday Ethnos" Newspaper
"It would be a emblem of honour for the administration to call its policies neo-liberal," noted the President of PASOK when asked about the recent changes Nea Democratia is pursuing in terms of the labour market and labour relations (privatizing of state owned entities, eliminating tenure in the civil service, raising the retirement age...). "I think that what is happening today (not only with Nea Demokratia but with the Right in
"What does this all mean? When the markets suit their interests, they are all in for them. When not, they choose significant government control. The logic for example of emgaging (their own party supporters in public bodies) has nothing to do with neo-liberal logic, or for that matter democratic or socialist. It is all about governing for the sake of governing and the best interest of certain circles (of friends). This is what their ideology is all about. It is deeply conservative and against popular sentiments."
"For me, the changes that are required involve more jobs, social justice, fair redistribution of wealth, protection of the environment, increased competitiveness, transparency and accountability to the people," added Mr. Papandreou when asked how he differs with the PM in terms of the changes at hand. "Our goal is to invest in people, education, invention, decentralisation, healthy markets, transparency and meritocracy. This will guarantee development. What the administration is doing is putting together incoherent changes, with no plan or guidance."
"Our goal is to unleash the dynamic forces of the most gifted people in the country so that they may generate!," concluded Mr. Papandreou. "But we must also set in place strong social solidarity institutions that will foster the right of all for social justice. This is precisely how we differ.