Melenchon demands Syriza be kicked out of European Left

By Ben Chacko

A ROW has broken out in the Party of the European Left after Jean-Luc Melenchon’s Left Party in France called for Greece’s Syriza to be booted out of the alliance.

Mr Melenchon said it had become “impossible to rub shoulders” with Syriza and Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras given its attacks on working people.

He “deplored” Syriza’s recent attacks on the right to strike which showed the party “answered slavishly to the diktats of the European Commission.”

The draconian law was part of a raft of privatisations and benefit cuts forced through parliament, including attacks on child and disability benefit, the sell-off of 14 more public enterprises, measures to speed up repossession and sale of property belonging to families who fall behind with bills and longer working hours for teachers.


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