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Athens Macedonian News Agency: News in English, 16-05-26

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

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  • [01] Moscovici: Eurogroup deal is a win-win situation
  • [02] Refugee issue tested European values, ND leader tells Commissioner Avramopoulos

  • [01] Moscovici: Eurogroup deal is a win-win situation

    BERLIN (ANA-MPA/ F. Karaviti) – The agreement achieved at the Eurogroup is advantageous for all sides, the European Commissioner for Economic and Financial Affairs, Pierre Moscovici said on Thursday in an interview with news agency MNI.

    The Commissioner said the deal will not only provide oxygen to the Greek economy but will set the base for the return of the International Monetary Fund to Greece's program.

    He also clarified that the supplementary prior actions are in no way a new bailout and hailed Finance Minister Euclid Tsakalotos' stance in the negotiations.

    Moscovici said he's convinced the IMF will participate in Greece's program because "there is a strong will among member-states and it is now clear that there is a clear commitment by the IMF staff in the reform program and the rest of the Greek package."

    [02] Refugee issue tested European values, ND leader tells Commissioner Avramopoulos

    The refugee issue tested Europe's values and cohesion, New Democracy leader Kyriakos Mitsotakis said on Thursday in a meeting with European Commissioner for Migration Dimitris Avramopoulos in Athens.

    "Unfortunately, we became witnessed to national strategies and voices which are not compatible with European values, the values of solidarity and values of supporting states at the forefront of this great crisis," Mitsotakis said after he thanked Avramopoulos for his services in an "very crucial portfolio".

    He said the deal with Turkey was necessary in the current conditions and must be implemented over time. "There's already a decrease of [refugee] flows which is encouraging, but it is certain the deal will be tested over time," he added.

    On his side, the Commissioner said refugee flows have lowered noting that this trend must continue "at all costs". "It should not be a test, but must be followed by a final agreement which is facing – it's true – some difficulties. And I want to believe that the first side to be benefited will be Greece," he said.


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