Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras has warned that the deteriorating economic and social situation in Greece has left Greek democracy facing its biggest challenge. He likened Greece today with the end of Germany's Weimar Republic.
In a straight talking interview with German newspaper Handelsblatt Antonis Samaras warned that Greek society "as a whole" was threatened by the "extreme left-wing populists" and "by what has not occurred in our country before: the rise of a right-wing extremist, one might say fascist, neo-Nazi party."
He said society was “endangered by rising unemployment, just as it was toward the end of the Weimar Republic in Germany.”
He added that the polls indicate Golden Dawn (Chrysi Avgi) is already "the third-strongest political force in Greece, upward trend." He went on to say that if his government fails Golden Dawn is "waiting for us the chaos."
Golden Dawn responded to his remarks on their website, stating: "Do not worry Antonis Samaras! Soon the Golden Dawn will be the first political force and and will no longer cause for concern."
Samaras went on to tell Handelsblatt that Greece was at "the limit of what we can expect of our population" citing unemployment, poverty and "more and more people have to go to soup kitchens of church and charities to get a hot meal."
Samaras stressed that what Greece needs is more time, rather than more aid.
Following his return to Greece Samaras demonstrated his impatience with the far-left, as he reacted to the storming of the Ministry of Defense by shipyard workers. Ekathimerini reported he said "I won’t allow Greece to become a free-for-all."