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Opposition Parties in Slovenia Concerned About Greek "No"

Ljubljana, 5 July - The majority of the opposition parties in Slovenia, bar the United Left (ZL), expressed concern with the outcome of the Greek referendum on the terms of an international aid package. "Tragic", was the first reaction from Democratic Party (SDS) leader Janez Janša in a tweet.

Grčija, Atene.
Na ulicah Aten je potekal shod v podporo ohranitvi Grčije v evroobmočju.
Foto: Xinhua/STA

The opposition parties are almost unanimous in their assessment that the win for "No" in the referendum does not bode well for the Greek people.

Janša expanded on his tweet by assessing that the fate of Greece now rests with the decision of the European Central Bank (ECB), which will meet on Monday to decide on extending a liquidity programme for Greek banks. "Without foreign money there will be no more socialism and, soon, no more Syriza."

The New Slovenia (NSi), which has been critical of the Greek position in recent days, called for "a calming in tensions for the benefit of both parties".

NSi Vice President Jožef Horvat said that the referendum, as the highest form of democracy, must be respected. He added that it had been clear from the time the plebescite was called that the EU faces tough times regardless of the outcome.

Leader of the ZaAB Alenka Bratušek said that the result does not bring a positive outlook for the Greek people. "We're convinced that the government is leading the [Greek people] into even bigger chaos. We wouldn't want to be in the shoes of Greeks tomorrow morning," said the former prime minister.

The United Left (ZL), a sister party of Greece's ruling Syriza, had earlier labelled the outcome a victory for an overhaul of the EU on "new democratic foundations".

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