The president of SYRIZA Alexis Tsipras flew to Paris yesterday, where he is scheduled to stay for two days as part of his election campaign for the position of president of the European Commission. Today Mr. Tsipras is scheduled to meet a number of French Ministers and senators.

Yesterday the Greek opposition leader met with Jean-Luc Mélenchon, co-president of the Left Front party, with whom he discussed issues related to the left and Europe. The two men recognized the importance of the upcoming European elections and were in agreement that the austerity and social deconstruction must end.

The two political leaders also exchanged information and opinions on the latest political developments in France and Greece, with Mr. Tsipras explaining that the financial and political situation is very fluid. Nevertheless, the SYRIZA leader appeared confident that his party will form the next government.

Mr. Tsipras also spoke at an event organized by French leftist groups, where he accused French President Francois Hollande of submitting to the German Chancellery and noted that the far-right parties reflect neoliberal politics. A transcript of Mr. Tsipras’ full speech is available here.