The US President Barack Obama, during a telephone conversation, congratulated with the Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras – leader of the political party Syriza – on the recent victory in the Greek elections. Obama said he was looking forward to working with the new Greek Government which is “implementing measures to implement the necessary reforms, start growing again and to achieve debt sustainability”. Obama also expressed his solidarity “with Greece and the EU in the extraordinary increase of refugees and migrants, reiterating the US commitment to help Syrians and those in need of humanitarian aid.”
“We are die-hard” and “now starts the battle. This is the victory of the people who dream of a better tomorrow“. Those were the first words of the outgoing premier Tsipras immediately after winning re-election in Greece. The second election in 2015 – the first took place in January – were characterized by a failure that exceeded the influx by a few percentage points the 50% of the total number of those who have the right to vote. The Greek Premier, to form the government, however, had to win the majority in alliance with the right-wing party Anel, defined by many as “xenophobic”. Nevertheless, the recent victory and the promise of immediate reforms on pensions and on the immigration emergency have now strengthened Tsipras’ position at the table in Brussels.