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Antonis Samaras quotes
We will create a new TV broadcaster, in line with contemporary models. Those that are resisting are not supporter of state television, they are supporting the ERT of the past. We are getting rid of an entity that lacked transparency, that was full of waste and some people are disturbed by this because they want this to continue, this lack of transparency and waste.
While insecurity and anxiety are gripping the world, Greece is being stabilised and our position is being bolstered. We have reached an agreement for the disbursement of the next instalment of 2.8 billion euros, and the way is now open for the May instalment of six billion.
Things look good for Greece. A success story for Greece would be a success story for Europe also.
The reform process and regeneration in Greece is now getting stronger. Greece is going to be competitive, European-oriented, and with people who will be proud of it. With a modern democracy and with a society which is united.
And this has been acknowledged by everyone. Now it is time for the lenders to do what they promised, and they will do so.
As I told the president the tolerance of the people has reached its limit and their sacrifices must bear fruit. That means recovery of the economy as fast as possible.
I have explained to Mr Juncker that we have enhanced the privatisation agenda, we are speeding up the necessary structural reforms and that within the next few weeks we shall conclude the 11.7 billion euro budget cuts.
All we want is a bit of 'air to breathe' to get the economy running and to increase state income. More time does not automatically mean more money.
It's basically to work together, and achieve things, make everyone realise we mean business, implement what we say, and at the same time try and help these people who are going through unbelievably bad times.
Mr Papandreou won't decide what he is going to do and he is blocking any solution. By not resigning, Mr Papandreou is blocking the constitution. I am determined to help. If he resigns, everything will take it course.
I have said it before and I will say it again, I will not sign such statements.
Even development as a priority was forbidden when they imposed the bailout on us. Now it's obvious to everyone.
It's the issue of pensions. During these difficult hours we have to think of the common people, the pensioners. I have an obligation to do this. I have an obligation to negotiate hard. And I am not concerned if some people misunderstand my position.
If there is something that we all agree upon of course we will vote in favour of it, but let it be clear that we will not vote for something that we disagree with.
My problem isn't the individuals who could be prime minister. My problem is how to get the sixth part of our bailout loan and how to form a new government.
Lower tax rates are the key to starting the engine of the Greek economy. If you raise taxes, there will be no room for consensus or for renegotiation.
Those who voted, the majority of them condemned the policies of Mr. Papandreou. And those that stayed away rejected his election blackmail.