The general secretary of the Greek Communist Party (KKE), Aleka Papariga, is anticipating a storm of new austerity measures after the May 6 general elections and flatly rejects the possibility of her party participating in a pro-European Union unity government, arguing that either it would deceive the people or betray them. In an interview with Kathimerini, Papariga was also critical of the Coalition of the Radical Left (SYRIZA) for, as she said, cultivating delusions.
You have been predicting political instability since the start of the crisis. Do you think that PASOK and New Democracy will be able to form a government on May 6 or that a second round of elections will have to be held?
The political forces that converge on the euro path and trick the people into believing that there can be any kind of negotiation that will be to their benefit within the context of the European Union are not limited to PASOK and ND. The partners of the government of Lucas Papademos and their offshoots will have no real difficulty in coordinating themselves after the elections to the benefit of the ruling class. If only the rift between the two major parties were so wide that the people could put their own mark on developments. Anyway, it is in the best interest of the people to abandon both PASOK and ND, so that the next government that is pro-European, whatever its composition, is too weak to intensify the assault against the working masses. This would strengthen KKE and the counterattack of the masses, paving the way for a government of the people and a radically different path of growth based on the needs of the people.