“A solution outside the euro and return to the drachma in the present circumstances would be catastrophic” (A. Papariga, “Rizospastis” 31/5/2011, p.6)
A year and half ago when Papariga was asked by a reporter whether the withdrawal of Greece from the EU is in the moment “a solution”, she gave unequivocal answer with the revelatory “by itself is not a solution” ("Rizospastis" 5/3/2010, p.10), which was commented approvingly by the bourgeoisie media. Papariga trying to justify the stay of the country in the EU revealed that she chooses imperialist bosses, claiming that if Greece goes “outside the European Union," then "we can go to agreement with the United States and go into another zone” ("Rizospastis" 5/3/2010, p. 10), but of course failed to revive her party's bourgeoisie twaddle about "people's power".
Later in another interview she reiterated: "Now, Euro exit and return to drachma is not essential, moreover, is something the EU can do by itself, it suits EU" ("Rizospastis" 27/10/2010, p. 10) to turn recently in an open mouthpiece, spokesman of the local bourgeoisie, taking-on repeating the "disaster" position (30/5/2011 interview on journalist K.Papadakis): “A solution outside the euro and return to the drachma in the present circumstances would be catastrophic” ("Rizospastis" 31/5/2011, p. 6) - a statement that aired headlines in the capitalist press - and also in herald of the country's dependence from 'imperialist EU, along with SYN / SYRIZA and the other bourgeois parties.
Commenting on Papariga's statement, Stavros Mavroudeas Associate Professor of Political Economy at the University of Macedonia, (and former associate of "Rizospastis") correctly notes: “This statement has manifold problems. It was given in a situation that now even the polls show that the rejection of the euro and the EU tends to be a majority current in public opinion, and particularly to the lower classes. Especially when it is known how much damage did pro-Euro illusions which systematically cultivated the popular masses by the system for decades. The statement of A. Papariga acts as a brake on these positive developments.”
Abandoning the anti-imperialist slogan " Greece out from the EU right now!", the social democratic leadership of "K" KE has not only fully aligned with the big capital's strategic choice to keep our country in the EU, but it has also resigned from the struggle against the imperialist EU. Finally, it went as as far as to raise in public the reactionary flag of the local big capital, the flag of "scaremongering", crying that "A solution outside the euro and return to the drachma in the present circumstances would be catastrophic".
Anasintaxi, issue 346 (15-31/5/2011)
Gorbachev-Papariga: The “brave kids” of Nikita Khrushchev (Moscow, June 1991)