Efi Koutsokosta

We can learn a lot about a person if we know what types of things he or she talks about or comments on the most frequently. There are numerous topics with which Efi Koutsokosta is associated, including Greece, EU, and meeting. Most recently, Efi Koutsokosta has been quoted saying: “The crucial Eurogroup meeting on Greece lasted nine hours. This time, Finland was on the frontline, with Finance Minister Alexander Stubb questioning a third bailout for Greece. According to Finnish media, the True Finns euro sceptic party making up part of the coalition government threatened to step down if the green light is given to the reform proposals.” in the article Sceptical Eurogroup members demand guarantee that Greece will repay debt. An other article where Efi Koutsokosta has been quoted is EU calls crisis summit after Greece bailout talks fail.

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A few hours before the election campaign officially starts, the political parties seem fragmented. The main issue at the heart of the pre-election debate will definitely be the third bailout programme as the next government will have to implement unpopular measures and difficult reforms which, on the other hand, are considered necessary for Greece to get the sufficient amount of money to finance the economy.

The crucial Eurogroup meeting on Greece lasted nine hours. This time, Finland was on the frontline, with Finance Minister Alexander Stubb questioning a third bailout for Greece. According to Finnish media, the True Finns euro sceptic party making up part of the coalition government threatened to step down if the green light is given to the reform proposals.

The discussion on Greece lasted for just one hour and was very tense as none of the eurozone ministers wanted to comment on the proposals made by the Greek finance minister. Now, all eyes are on the eurozone summit of Monday while the prospect of capital controls in Greece are increasing all the time.

Although differences between the sides remain, the meeting of the three leaders confirmed that Greece and its European partners do still want a solution. The technical talks will now take precedence over the coming days with the next important meeting being held today between Alexis Tsipras and Commission President Jean Claude Juncker.

Yanis Varoufakis stood alone against the other Eurozone ministers in Riga, in what was a difficult meeting for him. EU sources say they have only started to see progress in the last few days. The next crucial meeting will be in Brussels on May 11. In the meantime, Greece is struggling from day to day as its cash reserves start running out.

Time is running out for Greece. The remaining 7,2 bn euros of bailout cash is not being unlocked. But the country faces huge liquidity problems after the recent decision of the European Central Bank not to accept low-rated Greek bonds as collateral.

In this atmosphere Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras will meet Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker just before next week's EU Summit.

The first Summit for Tsipras ended with a temporary truce despite the tensions provoked not by Germany but by his Spanish counterpart. Now the European partners are waiting to see what will happen during the negotiations over the weekend and of course the result of Monday's Eurogroup meeting.

As well as the contemporary European directors who were awarded here at the national opera of Latvia, there were also two other people recognised: the representative of the new wave movement of the 60 s Agnes Vardas and the British director Steve Mc Queen for his contribution to International Cinema.

The finance ministers of the 11 participating countries didn't reach an agreement here in Brussels on where and how this financial transaction tax will be implemented. A tax which, according to the Commission, could bring up to 35 billion euros per year to the national treasuries.

Let's start with your candidacy for the Presidency of the European Commission during the next European elections. Why did you decide to say yes?

With Alexis Tsipras as the candidate from the strongest party in the European Left, the group is seeking a big change in May's European elections. After Madrid, the organisation's next stop will be Brussels in the spring, for a big international conference on debt. This will be at the heart of their alternative campaign against austerity.

A big problem for the negotiations between Greece and the troika is the way of financing the fiscal gap of 2014. Athens points to its primary surplus, saying it cannot afford any other measures.

After a marathon of negotiations, finally white smoke has risen. Nicosia will get the first part of its 10-billion-euro bail out package at the beginning of May and a special task force will be set up to help the Cypriot economy.

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