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Athens News Agency: News in English, 09-02-20

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From: The Athens News Agency at <http://www.ana.gr/>

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  • [01] PASOK to accept PM's invitation for dialogue

  • [01] PASOK to accept PM's invitation for dialogue

    Main opposition PASOK spokesman George Papaconstantinou on Friday said that PASOK will accept the prime minister's invitation for a meeting with the political party leaders on economic issues, while continuing to have "many and grave reservations". He asserted that Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis was not seeking a true consensus through his proposal but "accomplices for the failure of his policies".

    "If he had wanted consensus, he would have achieved it on several crucial issues on which it was offered in the five years that he has been governing the country," he added.

    At the same time, he underlined that the main opposition had never refused to take part in dialogue when it was invited and did not intend to give the government the chance to make such a claim in this instance.

    Commenting on the premier's speech in Parliament, in which Karamanlis criticised opposition parties for "irresponsible" suggestions to dissolve the present Parliament and either hold early elections or replace it with an interim 'consensus' government, Papaconstantinou said that the premier did not have a monopoly on responsible behaviour.

    "In the other countries that the prime minister referred to there are governments that draft plans for confronting the crisis, while here there is no such plan. Also, the other governments understand that a country cannot exit the crisis only through restrictive measures but primarily when there is a developmental target," the spokesman added.

    He also pointed out that the real income of the average Greek in terms of purchasing power had remained level in the past four years, while in other European countries it had risen.

    Regarding the amendment tabled by Finance Minister Yiannis Papathanassiou in order to put pressure on banks to make funds available to the real economy, Papaconstantinou said that it was a correction that would fall short of its target, pointing out that PASOK had warned the government that the previous measures essentially gave banks a carte blanche.

    "All this is happening because the government, above all, cares about bankers and not about the average Greek business and Greek household," PASOK's spokesman stressed.


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