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Athens Macedonian News Agency: News in English, 15-05-16

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

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  • [01] New Democracy ready to help provided SYRIZA leaves obsessions behind-Samaras
  • [02] Jean-Luc Mélenchon: Greece used as an example to show 'how those who resist are treated'

  • [01] New Democracy ready to help provided SYRIZA leaves obsessions behind-Samaras

    Main opposition New Democracy leader Antonis Samaras in an interview with Sunday's Ethnos newspaper left the possibility for cooperation with the government open provided that SYRIZA leaves its obsessions behind.

    He underlined that if the government needs help, New Democracy is ready to give it. However, he clarified that it will not give a 'carte blanche' to destroy the country.

    Samaras is ready to take political initiatives provided that: first the government understands the impasses where it has been self-trapped and secondly stop the horrible lies they have been telling. "In order to communicate, as parties ought to do in periods of crisis, they have to stop telling lies and we should all agree whether we want Europe. The proper climate and acceptance by everyone are needed for political initiatives to succeed," he stressed.

    "What they really want," he estimated, "leads to a rift with the country's creditors" adding that the government will be forced to take rather hard tax and social security measures.

    The leader of the main opposition underlined that what New Democracy wants is "an agreement that will keep recovery alive."

    "We all want an agreement. We all want to avoid a rift with our partners. But nobody wants the imposition of taxes in order for SYRIZA to finance a partisan state," he noted.

    Finally, Samaras expressed optimism that Greece can exit memoranda and the crisis if it changes policy.

    [02] Jean-Luc Mélenchon: Greece used as an example to show 'how those who resist are treated'

    Jean-Luc Mélenchon in an interview with French newspaper "l'Humanite" explained that the reason why he decided to support Greece in his book "le Hareng de Bismarck" is Europe's stance towards Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras.

    The candidate of the Left Front in the 2012 presidential elections said that he took the decision to write this book as he was outraged by the behaviour of the German government and by the fact that the French president Francois Hollande does not react.

    "It is a serious political mistake against the European ideal to allow such a treatment towards an EU member state," he noted.

    Mélenchon added that Greece is used as an example to show "how those who resist are treated."


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