Greek opposition lashes out at increasing defense budget amid economic drawbacks

Greek opposition lashes out at increasing defense budget amid economic drawbacks


Alexis Tsipras, the head of the radical Syriza party, lashed out Tuesday over Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis’ administration’s choice to expand military spending in the midst of financial troubles.

“On the off chance that there is single word that depicts the draft state financial plan for 2021 and the public authority’s administration of all basic issues, it is ‘disappointment,'” Tsipras said.

Remarking on the public authority’s arrangement for the military financial plan, Tsipras said “we are not democratic against the spending increment. Yet, we don’t give you an unlimited free pass, without discussion, without an arrangement and methodology.”

Somewhere in the range of 2009 and 2018, Greece endured its most noticeably awful financial emergency in current history and had started to gradually recapture a portion of the lost ground before it was hit by the effect of Covid limitations. Greece’s economy shrank by 15.2% in the subsequent quarter contrasted and a similar period a year ago.

Greece’s parliament casted a ballot late Tuesday for the public authority’s choice to expand military going through following five days of warmed discussion.

During the parliamentary discussion on the 2021 financial plan, Mitsotakis said the public authority expects to build spending on military limit by 57% contrasted with that of 2019.

Greece’s guard financial plan is extended to stretch around 5.5 billion euros ($6.6 billion), more than twofold a year ago’s spending.

In spite of its financial difficulties, the Mediterranean nation burned through 2.3% of its (GDP) on protection in 2019.

Around 189 parliamentarians casted a ballot for the public authority’s choice to build military costs with 16 individuals casting a ballot against and 95 democratic “present.”

Mitsotakis said in the coming days, the public authority will sign an arrangement with France on the acquisition of 18 Dassault-made Rafale contender jets.

“At no other time has quite an unpredictable and significant military program been done so rapidly and proficiently,” he stated, adding the public authority likewise needs to get new frigates, helicopters, drones, update its F-16 armada and enroll an extra 15,000 staff.