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Athens Macedonian News Agency: News in English, 16-12-17

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

CONTENTS

  • [01] Greece willing to compromise with creditors on program review provided it excludes IMF demands
  • [02] ND leader condemns terror attack in Turkey
  • [03] Farmers announce road blocks on January 23

  • [01] Greece willing to compromise with creditors on program review provided it excludes IMF demands

    The Greek government is willing to accept mutual compromises on some issues with the country's creditors to reach an agreement that would allow the completion of the second program review on the condition that any deal would not include the prior legislation of measures, as demanded by the International Monetary Fund (IMF), a senior government source told journalists in Berlin on Saturday.

    The statement came during Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras' second day of his visit to the German capital where he met with Chancellor Angela Merkel and other top German officials and lawmakers. Tsipras also spoke earlier at the 5th conference of the Party of the European Left.

    According to the same official, the measures demanded by the IMF are "politically unthinkable, socially destructive and economically irrational".

    "Beyond that, we can discuss about a compromise," the official continued, adding that all sides should understand that the Greek government "will not back down on this issue no matter how much pressure is exercised".

    The source said that as Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has repeatedly extolled in the past the responsibility shown by German Chancellor Angela Merkel on European issue (ex. migration), the Greek government has reasons to believe that this time too, Berlin will rise to the occasion and not allow the blocking of the second program review.

    Government sources also said that at a time when Europe is going through a phase of general destabilization and ahead of an election year (2017) for important countries in the region, the German government will not want to rekindle the Greek crisis.

    [02] ND leader condemns terror attack in Turkey

    New Democracy leader Kyriakos Mitsotakis condemned the new terrorist attack in the Turkish city of Kayseri on Saturday in a Twitter post, saying the fight against terrorism concerns everyone.

    The car bomb attack killed thirteen Turkish troops and 48 wounded others.

    [03] Farmers announce road blocks on January 23

    Farmers who gathered from various regions of Greece to the city of Larisa on Saturday announced they are preparing to block main highways on January 23 as they escalate their response against the government's announced changes in their taxation and social insurance.

    More than 100 representatives from associations and action committees met in town to discuss their sector's problems and plan further labour action.

    "The consistent farmer movement will create a climate so that there will be labour action," the president of the United Federation of Agricultural Associations of Karditsa, Vangelis Boutas, said on Saturday's meeting, adding that everyone's attention is turned towards the roadblocks and the tractors going to Athens.

    He said this action will not exclude anyone "who agrees with the framework of the struggle we have and which is in the direction of opposing the government, the EU and the capital," adding that the government's claims on social security and farmers' income are "lies".


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