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Athens Macedonian News Agency: News in English, 15-02-17

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

CONTENTS

  • [01] We know how to look for a solution through disagreement, Greek FinMin Varoufakis says
  • [02] Those who want to humiliate the Greek government should think more prudently, Europarliament VP Papadimoulis says
  • [03] ND extraordinary meeting on latest developments

  • [01] We know how to look for a solution through disagreement, Greek FinMin Varoufakis says

    ANA/MPA---The next step is a responsible step; Europe will continue discussions to increase possibilities and reach a very good result for the European citizen, either being Greek, Dutch or German, Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis said on Tuesday arriving at the ECOFIN Council meeting.

    In Europe, we know how to discuss in order to reach a very good and decent solution through the initial disagreements, he noted.

    The head of the Eurogroup Jeroen Dijsselbloem expressed the hope that the Greek side will submit a request for an extension to the programme and once it has done so, he noted, we can allow flexibility within the programme which can be included in the Greek authorities' political priorities. We have to consider whether the programme remains on track which is the best way to move forward, he said and noted it was up to the Greeks, whom we cannot force into anything.

    We are ready to work with the Greek side in the next two days, Dijsselbloem concluded.

    [02] Those who want to humiliate the Greek government should think more prudently, Europarliament VP Papadimoulis says

    ANA/MPA---Those who want - for political reasons - to humiliate the Greek government and to send a message of wider pan-European significance, should think more wisely, more prudently," the Vice President of the European Parliament Dimitris Papadimoulis said in an interview with ANA-MPA on Tuesday.

    "I am optimistic that a mutually acceptable solution, an honest, propulsive compromise will be found in the coming days," he added.

    "A rupture is in nobody's interest, as it will hurt not only Greece, but the eurozone too, even the global economy... We are aiming at a mutually acceptable solution in the interest of all, both Greece and the eurozone. Those who speak of a rupture, and even a final rupture, they hasten," he said. "The previous (government) used to sign prepared texts, some of the deputies even confessed that they voted for them without having read them," Papadimoulis, who is also a SYRIZA MP, said.

    Asked on the European Commissioner Pierre Moscovici's document, he stated: "Moscovici's document may have been unofficial, but it exists and shows the way to a mutually acceptable solution. For 50 years now, the political leaders and technocrats in Brussels have acquired the know-how and have become experts in finding commonly acceptable compromising solutions where there are disagreements. Much effort has been made and it is in the interest of all to be concluded in the coming days."

    The full interview is available for subscribers at ANA-MPA website.

    [03] ND extraordinary meeting on latest developments

    ANA/MPA---An extraordinary meeting with focus on the economy is held at New Democracy headquarters in Athens.

    The meeting is chaired by ND leader Antonis Samaras with the participation of former Finance Minister Gikas Hardouvelis, former Alternate Finance Minister Christos Staikouras and Samaras' advisers Stavros Papastavrou and Chrysanthos Lazaridis.

    ND is deeply concerned over the course of the negotiations with Greece's EU partners and Samaras has called on the government to avoid a rift.


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