Greece’s Syriza party representative Manolis Glezos slammed President of the European Parliament (EP) Martin Schulz during an EP session in Brussels, Tuesday, asking the German politician what right the EP president had to intervene in Greece. Hitting out at the so-called ‘troika’, the EU, the International Monetary Fund, and the European Central Bank, the oldest EP member at 91 years of age told Schulz he did not have the right to express the European Parliament’s opinions or to intervene in Greece by “trying to strangle it.” The decorated Greek Civil War hero finished off his speech stating “All lenders, hands off Greece. Those who think that they can subjugate the Greek people are mistaken," to resounding applause. Greece is resisting calls from the IMF, EU and ECB to maintain austerity policies, with the ruling Syriza party winning a popular mandate to break with the demands. Both Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis have condemned the creditors' proposals, with Varoufakis calling them "borderline insulting." Since Syriza's election, Greek authorities and the institutions have been negotiating for five months to unlock the €7.2 billion ($8 billion) of rescue funds it needs to pay the IMF. The bailout extension ends on June 30. If Greece fails to meet the deadline, it faces default and exit from the Eurozone. Video courtesy of Vasileios Katsardis
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