Greek opposition leader: Debt haircut a must
Greek opposition leader sets negotiated debt cut as priority
Associated Press
2014-02-24 06:42 AM

ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Greece's main opposition leader says he's certain a left-wing government will be in power by early 2015 and its top priority will be to negotiate a lightening of the country's "unsustainable debt."

In an interview to Sunday newspaper To Vima, Alexis Tsipras, leader of the Radical Left Coalition, known by its acronym SYRIZA, says the present coalition government of conservatives and socialists could collapse this year if his party wins the May European election by a big margin.

Tsipras, the European Left's candidate for the presidency of the European Commission, pledges to keep Greece in the eurozone and says he doesn't seek exceptional treatment for Greece. He adds, though, that if Greece's eurozone partners don't agree on further cutting the country's debt, he will unilaterally stop servicing it.

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