Prime Minister Antonis Samaras is having successive meeting with ministers and government officials, in view of the crucial meetings with Eurogroup head Jean-Claude Juncker on Wednesday (Aug 22) in Athens and German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Friday (Aug 24) in Berlin and French President Francois Hollande the following day (Aug 25) in Paris.
Hollande and Merkel need the latest report on Greece’s economic situation and a precise aid request before deciding how to help the country, France’s European affairs minister said according to Bloomberg. “There’s a process we’re engaged in to evaluate the efforts made by Greece in recent months, which we know was set back by elections,” European Affairs Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said yesterday in an interview with Europe 1 radio. “We’ll evaluate the situation and try to take a common position.”
Citing news agencies, capital.gr writes that Germany will not substantially soften its agreements with Greece, its foreign minister Guido Westerwelle said yesterday, after meeting with his Greek counterpart Dimitris Avramopoulos. According to Kathimerini Westerwelle said Greece needs to carry out the reforms that have already been agreed upon, but that “the German government wants us to remain together in the eurozone.” He pledged Germany’s help in implementing the reforms, but said “the key to success lies in Athens.”
According to protothema.gr, the government is still seeking around EUR 700 million to EUR 1 billion. All unresolved issues were on the table in the meeting yesterday evening between Antonis Samaras and Finance minister Yannis Stournaras. In statements after the meeting, Stournaras said “we are talking about a new type of labour reserve [in the public sector]“, and that the full package of measures will be ready early in September, before the Troika’s arrival in Athens. He added that the meeting with Samaras was of an informative nature; at this time “they are costing the measures” and this is an ongoing process.
“Mr. Avramopoulos’ recent journey to Berlin and the forthcoming trip of Mr. Samaras are meaningless” SYRIZA MP Rena Dourou said in an interview with NET radio, “since in their luggage they bear no other approach than full obedience to Merkel.” SYRIZA MP said the Prime Minister forgot to renegotiate and now the new national goal is to extend the programme.
Dourou also argued that “lengthening the adjustment period while keeping the disastrous recipe of internal devaluation, is nothing more than as to give us a longer rope to hang ourselves.”