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FOCUS : TSIPRAS WILL NOT SIT IN PARLIAMENT.

Despite being chosen by the Party of the European Left to take part in the race for the European Commission presidency, Alexis Tsipras will not be a candidate in the European elections. The name of the young leader of the Greek party SYRIZA will not appear on any list and he will therefore not sit in the European Parliament after the elections. Apparently he prefers to keep his role as opposition leader in Greece, perhaps with a view to another legislative election should support in the Greek parliament for the current coalition (New Democracy and PASOK) weaken in the coming weeks.

As a candidate in the Commission race, Tsipras will nevertheless remain active during the campaign. Although he was unable to participate with other candidates in a meeting on 18 March in Brussels organised by the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC), the Greek MP will march in Paris in an anti-austerity demonstration scheduled on 12 April.

The candidate will also take part in the televised candidates' debate on 15 May. It will be broadcast live by several media groups, notably on www.europolitics.info. Tsipras is the second candidate (with the EPP's Jean-Claude Juncker) to announce that he has no plans to sit in the European Parliament.

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