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Athens Macedonian News Agency: News in English, 15-02-05

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

CONTENTS

  • [01] Newly elected MPs sworn in
  • [02] French President Hollande: Austerity forever is not a solution
  • [03] German FinMin Schaeuble: Greece belongs in the Eurozone

  • [01] Newly elected MPs sworn in

    ANA/MPA---The deputies that were elected in the January 25 national polls were sworn in on Thursday morning, with MPs being able to choose between taking a religious and a civil oath.

    The religious part of the procedure was officiated by the Archbishop Ieronymus, who wished parliamentarians among others wisdom and unity.

    Deputies from SYRIZA and communist KKE – with the exception of Liana Kanelli- took a civil oath.

    Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis did not attend the opening session of the new parliament, as he is travelling abroad.

    The composition of the new House is as follows: 149 SYRIZA deputies and 13 Independent Greeks (ANEL) deputies (coalition government), 76 New Democracy MPs, 17 Golden Dawn MPs, 17 Potami deputies, 15 KKE deputies and 13 PASOK MPs.

    [02] French President Hollande: Austerity forever is not a solution

    ANA/MPA---"We must reach an agreement with Greece so that Greeks have a framework to make reforms, to pay their debt and to find the European solidarity," French President Francois Hollande said during a press conference on Thursday adding that this must start very soon.

    Referring to ECB's decision on the Greek banks he said: "It was a decision that will have repercussions. It was a fair move. It transferred the responsilities to the countries and the governments and the decisions to the Eurogroup. It also means that the Greek government should present a framework for its reforms."

    "I am totally aware that the 'forever austerity' as a line on the horizon can't be a solution neither for the Greeks nor for the Europeans," he added.

    [03] German FinMin Schaeuble: Greece belongs in the Eurozone

    ANA/MPA---We had a long and detailed discussion – not being always in agreement – but on the level of the two countries' traditional friendship, German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble on Thursday said in joint statements with his Greek counterpart Yanis Varoufakis after their meeting in Berlin.

    We agreed that we will remain committed to a united Europe, Schaeuble said.

    There was a significant progress in the implementation of the programme in Greece, he noted adding that a lot of things still need to be done. Greece's belongs in the Eurozone, it must negotiate with the three institutions that support the bail-out programme, Schaeuble said.


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