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Athens Macedonian News Agency: News in English, 12-05-24

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

CONTENTS

  • [01] Papariga: Change of climate in Europe talk a 'delusion'
  • [02] PM: 'Clear and self-evident that Greece will remain in eurozone
  • [03] Tsipras: Greece needs gov't that can represent it with dignity

  • [01] Papariga: Change of climate in Europe talk a 'delusion'

    AMNA--Communist Party of Greece (KKE) leader Aleka Papariga warned that the recent talk of a "change of climate" in Europe by the various political parties, with the exception of the KKE, is a "delusion".

    In a press conference on Thursday on the outcome of Wednesday's informal EU summit, Papariga said that the delusion spread by the other political parties, with the exception of the KKE, of a "new air" in Europe leading to renegotiation of the Memorandum has been uncovered, warning that, in all instances, a preliminary condition is fulfillment of all the commitments by Greece.amna

    "The renegotiation, if it takes place, will be done with 'massacre' conditions for the people," Papariga said.

    [02] PM: 'Clear and self-evident that Greece will remain in eurozone

    Brussels (AMNA/M. Spinthourakis) -- For the European leaders, it is clear and self-evident that Greece will remain in the eurozone, provided that it abides by its commitments, Greek caretaker prime minister Panagiotis Pikrammenos said in the first hours of Thursday, following an informal European Union summit in Brussels, referring both to the summit session as well as his sideline meetings with European Council president Herman van Rompuy, European Commission president Jose Manuel Barroso, German chancellor Angela Merkel and new French President Francois Hollande.

    Pikrammenos said that Greece's EU partners showed that they have the disposition to assist Greece, with economic measures that could deal with the problem of rising unemployment. He especially noted initiatives that the European Investment Bank (EIB) could take, financial tools to boost the small and medium size enterprises (SMEs), as well as for a distribution of the risk with respect to investments in Greece, and a bond loan for materialisation of major Europe-wide infrastructure projects.amna

    Asked if he had the impression that the EU member states were preparing plans to mitigate the repercussions in the event of a Greek withdrawal from the eurozone, Pikrammenos replied in the negative, adding that Merkel had expressed surprise and annoyance over such speculations.

    [03] Tsipras: Greece needs gov't that can represent it with dignity

    AMNA--Greece needs a government that can represent it worthily and with dignity in Europe, Coalition of the Radical Left (SYRIZA) leader Alexis Tsipras said on Thursday, after a meeting with several labour federations and trade unions, while he also lashed out against New Democracy (ND) leader Antonis Samaras and PASOK leader Evangelos Venizelos, calling them the "physical perpetrators and moral instigators and accomplices in the tragedy of the Greek people".

    Tsipras said that Greece needs a leadership capable of going abroad and not saying what the foreign leaders are prepared to hear, but what the Greek people want to be said, a leadership that puts 'red lines', drafts strategy, demands the rights of the Greek people, "which only a government of the Left can do".amna

    He said that up until May 6 everyone was saying that the Memorandum-related laws must be implemented and that there could be no negotiation, "but those laws did not come to save the country and the economy, only the interests of the Greek businessmen".


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