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Athens Macedonian News Agency: News in English, 15-07-23

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

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  • [01] PM Tsipras: Negotiations were tough, but not in vain

  • [01] PM Tsipras: Negotiations were tough, but not in vain

    The government's struggle in the negotiations with its European partners will not have been waged in vain, Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said late on Wednesday night, during the debate in Parliament on the second package of prior actions demanded by Greece's creditors.

    "I am deeply convinced that this struggle will not go to waste. What is wasted is the battles not fought," Tsipras said, adding "Not only do I not regret this struggle, I am proud I fought it, because the rights of the Greek people were heard throughout the world."

    "We were led to a difficult compromise, having exhausted every negotiating option, we touched the limits of the Greek economy and of the banking system," he said, adding that the government also revealed through its efforts the limits and tolerance of Europe before the democratic choices of its peoples.

    Tsipras underlined that Europe is at present led by conservative powers that want to keep Greece to a harsh dogma of austerity. "In this unfavourable framework, we fought for six months," he said.

    "We made mistakes," he said, but he deeply felt pride for waging the battle, which was fought against unfavourable odds. "Mistakes are only made by those who do not try," he said.

    In his speech, the prime minister asserted that the changes in the Code of Civil Procedure being approved tonight did not jeopardise the protection of families' main homes, a commitment made during a meeting with the Hellenic Bank Association; in the fall, a draft bill will be introduced to suspend auctions of first homes, he said. "The existence of this government provides a constant gurarantee of protection of the first home; without this guarantee, we do not exist," he underlined.


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