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Athens Macedonian News Agency: News in English, 12-11-15

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  • [01] PM in Malta: Recovery in 2013

  • [01] PM in Malta: Recovery in 2013

    AMNA--Prime Minister Antonis Samaras on Thursday anticipated that the first signs of recovery of the Greek economy will emerge in 2013, and opined that the country, with the policy being followed, will exit the crisis, addressing a European People's Party (EPP) Bureau Meeting in Malta on the theme "The answer is more Europe".

    Samaras, the main speaker at the event attended by the leaders of the parties belonging to the European Parliament's EPP grouping, described the harsh austerity policy implemented in the country, stressing that "Greece is going through difficult hours".

    "The deficit literally exploded in 2009. After three years of tough austerity, we will reduce the deficit by 8 percent of GDP. Such a reduction, in just three years, has never been done before, but it was accomplished at a tough price, Greece lost approximately 25 percent of its GDP in three years," he said.

    The premier said that Greece "has seen the worst face of the crisis, and after the following decisions we took we will have the first signs of recovery next year".amna

    On domestic developments, Samaras said that there is broad agreement in Greece and difficult decisions have been taken, even recently.

    He at the same time called on Europe to continue and complete its policy of support for the eurozone countries facing problems and sounded the warning bell on the threat to social cohesion.

    "No programme can succeed if you do not have society with you," he warned, and once again expressed optimism, stressing that the Greek success in dealing with the crisis will turn into a European success.amna

    On European unification matters, Samaras reiterated that the next step is a federal union of European states, adding that "together we can accomplish much more than each of us separately".amna

    Samaras had several sideline meetings with Europarliamentarians, which were to be followed by a private discussion with Maltese Prime Minister Lawrence Gonzi.

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