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Athens Macedonian News Agency: News in English, 15-04-22

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

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  • [01] Politics is one thing and companies is another, Parliament President Konstantopoulou says
  • [02] Greece's negotiations with its creditors have gained momentum, IMF's Thomsen says

  • [01] Politics is one thing and companies is another, Parliament President Konstantopoulou says

    ANA/MPA---Politics is one thing and companies is another, the President of the Parliament Zoi Konstantopoulou said during the Conference of Presidents of Parliaments of the Member States and the European Parliament, which takes place in Rome.

    "There must be a clear message to all those who negotiate that the countries are not companies, the European Union is not a company to sign agreements and treaties concerning countries or the European Union as a company," Konstantopoulou noted adding that this a questionable strategy which at the end of the day poses problems to the citizens and creates difficult living conditions as is the situation with countries that have signed memorandums.

    "Therefore, we have to understand that these negotiations should not continue to be as secret as they are," the President of the Parliament noted stressing the need for a more democratic process.

    [02] Greece's negotiations with its creditors have gained momentum, IMF's Thomsen says

    ANA/MPA---Greece's negotiations with its international creditors have gained some momentum, but are far from completion, the director of the IMF's European Department Poul Thomsen said on Monday.

    "There was a little more impetus to the negotiations between the three institutions and the Greek government for several days. This is a good development and gives us reason to hope," Thomsen told the German newspaper Handelsblatt, adding that (negotiations) remain "far from the target" and that much more momentum is needed in the talks to reach an agreement in time.

    Thomsen warned against underestimating the risks that would be associated with a possible Greek exit from the eurozone. "No one should consider that a Grexit will not have any problems," he said adding that the cash reserves of the Greek government will probably last until June.

    He concluded that the eurozone must send "a very strong political message" that is further consolidated to eliminate such risks, noting that a stronger fiscal and political union is needed in the long term.


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