By Stathis Kouvelakis, Athens, August 21 2015
Early this morning, 25 Syriza MPs left the parliamentary group of the party to create a new group under the name of “Popular Unity”. Most of these MPs are affiliated to the Left Platform, but some others also joined, like Vangelis Diamantopoulos and Rachel Makri, a close collaborator of Zoe Kostantopoulou.
This is a major development in Greek politics but also for the radical Left, in Greece and at an international level.
Early this morning, the Greek parliament voted to approve the latest agreement with its creditors. But the deal was also met with the strongest resistance yet from within Syriza, which according to Stathis Kouvelakis is "disintegrating at record speed". The following statements shed light on the most recent moves by those organising to give voice to the "Oxi" vote.
Speaker Zoe Konstantopoulou and ex-finance minister Yanis Varoufakis have criticised the deal (BBC)
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