By the Blouin News World staff

Portugal, Greece condemn E.U. policies on austerity and migrants

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Alexid Tsipras, prime minister of Greece. (Source: DIE LINKE. in Europa/flickr)

Alexid Tsipras, prime minister of Greece. (Source: DIE LINKE. in Europa/flickr)

The prime ministers of Greece and Portugal issued a joint statement on Monday demanding the E.U. end austerity policies and act with more solidarity in dealing with the refugee crisis.

Alexis Tsipras of Greece and Antonio Costa of Portugal argued that the eurozone crisis was the result of an asymmetrical process of European integration, as well as the absence of effective tools to tackle it. They claimed the E.U.’s solution —  austerity — was ineffective and had only fueled recession, unemployment, and poverty. Rather, “It is now more important than ever to promote an alternative agenda of solidarity, social cohesion, and democracy,” Tsipras said upon welcoming Costa. Costa added that his government would present the E.U. with a new mix of policy measures at the end of the month.

The two governments also called for “a new European social contract” and policies to address the shared…

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