Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras blames austerity policies, and poor EU leadership for the U.K.'s decision to leave. Rough Cut-subtitled (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT-SUBTITLED (NO REPORTER NARRATION) The Greek prime minister said on Saturday (June 25) he did not blame the British people for voting to leave the European Union but rather EU leaders. Speaking to his leftist Syriza party's central committee, Alexis Tsipras, whose own rebellion against European Union policy brought the bloc to a crisis last year, blamed the Brexit outcome on the "chronic deficiencies" of European leaders and austerity policies that fed populism and nationalism. Tsipras led his Syriza party to victory in two elections and a referendum last year in an attempt to end years of austerity imposed on euro zone member Greece because of its untenable debt. However, he was forced to accept more conditions as a quid pro quo for another bailout and continued membership of the euro zone. Tsipras also wished his anti-austerity ally in Spain, Unidos Podemos leader Pablo Iglesias, good luck in Sunday's (June 26) general election. Iglesias visited Greece ahead of it's last election and campaigned for Tispra's Syriza party. Podemos, much like Syriza, aims to offer a leftist alternative, claiming Europe must stop its austerity policies or watch far-right movements continue to grow and pose a real danger to democracy. Worn down by years of EU-mandated austerity, many Greeks on Friday (June 24) welcomed Britain's decision to leave the European Union as an overdue slap in the face for a Brussels bureaucracy they say is out of touch with ordinary people.