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Athens Macedonian News Agency: News in English, 13-10-14

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  • [01] Venizelos recognises need of centre-left rallying of forces
  • [02] FinMin: The financing gap problem will be resolved in two moves

  • [01] Venizelos recognises need of centre-left rallying of forces

    ANA/MPA--PASOK leader Evangelos Venizelos expressed the need for "responsible centre-left" political forces that would move beyond "small-minded party or private opportunism" to rally together as he welcomed such an initiative signed by 58 widely-known Greeks that mentioned as favorable a possible alliance between PASOK and former ruling coalition member DIMAR.

    In an interview to daily Ethnos newspaper, Venizelos said he was open to dialogue concerning changes about his own role as well in such a new alignment.

    He added, "PASOK does not want to lead anyone, it respects everyone, but wants to be respected by others and wants especially to be recognised for the burden it's lifting and the role it's carrying out".

    Referring to his cooperation with New Democracy in governing - in which he serves as vice-president and foreign minister - PASOK's leader said it is "a government of national responsibility and need" and clarified that "cooperation does not mean ideological identification or obliteration of differences in history and values. But it does mean a sincere collaboration with a sense of national and institutional responsibility, based on the premise that it is necessary for its four-year term to be completed because Greece needs both stability and time".

    [02] FinMin: The financing gap problem will be resolved in two moves

    The European Central Bank and the eurozone's central banks are blocking the rollover of the debt maturity on the 19-bln-euro loans to Greece until 2016, Finance Minister Yannis Stournaras said in an interview with Naftemporiki newspaper on Monday, of which 10 billion mature within 2014, arguing that the loans constitute financing in currency.

    Stournaras said that rolling over the loan maturity dates would resolve Greece's immediate financing problem, in combination with the renewal of the 4.5-bln-euros bonds that have been given to banks, and he quoted the Eurogroup decision of November 2012 calling for a rollover or measures of equal effect.

    Negotiations on the financing gap will be held in November and December while the discussion on measures to decrease the debt will open after April 2014.

    Asked on whether he has personal political ambitions, Stournaras refrained from giving a direct answer, saying, "I have a lot of work until May-June; after that, everything is open". He also said he feels comfortable in his current position and "never thought of resigning".

    The minister ruled out the possibility of a new opening of the social security issue, of the minimun salary, and of a haircut in bank deposits, as well as the possibility the Tax Bureau moving ahead to foreclosures.

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