1 February 2015 – 22H05
European left seeks balance between austerity and responsibility
© AFP / by Michaela Cancela-Kieffer | French Prime minister Manuel Valls answers journalists’ questions during the PES leaders meeting in Madrid, on February 21, 2015
MADRID (AFP) –
Leaders of embattled mainstream European left parties met in Madrid on Saturday seeking to regain lost ground as they tried to strike a balance between “suicidal austerity” and financial “responsibility” at a time when debt-racked Greece is trying to renegotiate a bailout deal.
The heads of socialist and social democratic parties, threatened by extreme-right parties on the one hand and radical leftists like Syriza in Greece and Podemos in Spain on the other, tried to strike a tone of compromise particularly with relation to the economy in a bid to make gains in polls.