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Joan Hoey
Tsipras has been able to command remarkable discipline in his party up to now. We will see whether that continues to apply in coming weeks. This is not a deal that closes the second (bailout) review, but another painful step toward that end. We do not know all the details, only that those prior actions will include some very unpopular reforms ... (It) seems like another case of deal doublespeak.feedback
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May 02 2017
“For this year the forecasts are that the Greek economy will show exceptionally high rates of growth after many years of recession, the highest growth in the eurozone. It is clear that no matter how they may want to stall negotiations at a technical level, there is no turning back. Greece has already turned a page.” said Alexis Tsipras speaking about Coalition of the Radical Left - Unitary Social Front. It’s one of the 209 quotes about Coalition of the Radical Left - Unitary Social Front you can find on this page. 89 people have said something about this topic. Among them: Panos Skourletis, Yanis Varoufakis and Antonis Samaras. Browse the quotes by date and by name to find those that are relevant to you.
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Vincenzo Scarpetta

If you look at opinion polls in Greece, Syriza, the party of Alexis Tsipras is seriously struggling, and if there was an election now it would probably be won by traditional, mainstream center-right party. Things look different and people, voters grow a bit disillusioned about them.feedback

Alexis Tsipras

Our creditors need to keep in mind that the Greek people have made enough sacrifices and now it's time for them to fulfill their obligations. We are decisive that we will never surrender our people to the 'yes men' who want Greece in the straight jacket of austerity for many years ahead.feedback

Alexis Tsipras

We have delivered on our obligations and our creditors need to do their part. I'm optimistic that Greece will achieve its goals. But we will never accept the logic of 'eternal austerity' that destroys Greek society.feedback

Alexis Tsipras

We want it to heal the wounds of the crisis and to alleviate all those who have over these difficult years made huge sacrifices in the name of Europe.feedback

Theodore Couloumbis

The government cannot go on. It's hanging by a thread. Clearly it's to get a good rating in opinion polls ... He's stretching it because he can, at a time when Europe is being shaken.feedback

Stavros Bokias

They are handing out crumbs compared to what they stole from us.feedback

Stavros Bokias

We are living in misery and we won't tolerate being fooled any more.feedback

Jenny Papanikolaou

[Tsipras] might give the pensioners some amount now, but it's just once. Cutting the pensions and the accounts from the pensioners… it takes back more than what he is giving.feedback

Wolfango Piccoli

(The ongoing standoff between the euro zone and Greece) also increases the chances of snap elections in Greece as after overplaying his hand and facing increasing difficulties in concluding the review, Tsipras may be tempted to cut his losses by calling early elections before Syriza (the ruling party) loses more support for adopting unpopular measures.feedback

Wolfango Piccoli

If (Greece's Prime Minister) Tsipras goes ahead, this would further antagonize the EZ (euro zone) creditors, putting at risk the promised short-term debt relief. On the other side, giving in to the creditors' pressure would make Tsipras look amateurish at best, and at worst, further undermine his credibility and standing domestically.feedback

Stamatis Giannisis - Euronews

Prime Minister Tsipras made the decision to shake up his cabinet in order to boost the flagging popularity of the ruling SYRIZA party.feedback

Alexis Tsipras

We have to repair what is going wrong, to change certain attitudes and take all the action needed to pull the country out of the long-lasting economic crisis. We have made all the necessary changes in the cabinet to do this.feedback

Alexis Tsipras

We have the opportunity for a fresh start that will give us the necessary impetus for the last critical steps of a marathon leading us to brighter days.feedback

George Koumoutsakos

For Greece and its citizens, there are no prospects by this dangerous government.feedback

Olga Gerovassili

Nothing will block the government's determination to bring order... to the broadcasting landscape.feedback

Giorgios Stathakis

(Last year) we had a feeling, and I think we were right, that no further cuts were possible in the public sector - wages and salaries were slashed by 40 percent in the last three or four years and public expenditure in education and health had reached a very marginal level, so we made a choice that no further cuts were there.feedback

Giorgios Stathakis

The government may be criticized for the mix of policies and a whole range of issues but…it is committed to the implementation of the bailout agreement, that it obtains its targets particularly on the fiscal (level) and that it's a government that is committed to things that have been agreed.feedback

Giorgios Stathakis

The government is committed to going on to implementing its policies and to complete the four-year period which is the mandate of the electorate in the last election.feedback

Alexis Tsipras

By the end of the year we anticipate positive news on this front.feedback

Alexis Tsipras

All data points to not only revenue doing well ... but that we entered a positive growth cycle from the third quarter of 2016. For 2017 we expect growth will approach three percent.feedback

Stamatis Giannisis - Euronews

By calling the Euro – Mediterranean summit Alexis Tsipras aimed to gain the support of his fellow leaders for an anti-austerity front to challenge Berlin's rhetoric for increased belt tightening. But this meeting also helps the Greek prime minister's attempt to salvage his government's sinking popularity.feedback

Stamatis Giannisis - Euronews

Only nine months after Syriza won a second successive general election, recent polls show a rapid decrease in the popularity of the radical left ruling party. And with more austerity on the horizon, this protest rally may well be just the tip of the iceberg for Alexis Tsipras and his coalition government, in terms of what lies ahead.feedback

Stamatis Giannisis - Euronews

Public sector employees aren't the only ones reacting to social security reforms. Similar objections are voiced by those working in the private sector. And they both threaten to crank up their protests to the maximum once the pensions bill to be agreed with the country's creditors is presented to parliament.feedback

Filippo Grandi - United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees

We disagree with these measures and call once again for cooperation. The problem is we have called for cooperation for a long time now and we don't get a response. So we need to find a convincing way to do it.feedback

Alexis Tsipras

Some nations do not seem to comprehend that agreements, our common agreements, are either implemented, or there are no agreements. What we refuse to do is accept the transformation of our country into a permanent warehouse of souls and, at the same time, continue to act within the European Union and at summits as if there's nothing wrong.feedback

Manolis Kapsis - Mega

This government's so-called fight against media tycoons is a left wing alibi for the populist government of Mr Tsipras which has proven unable to fulfil its economic promises.feedback

Manuel Valls

This is the message I will deliver to (Greek Prime Minister) Alexis Tsipras.feedback

Stamatis Giannisis - Euronews

In spite of the slim majority the SYRIZA led coalition government had a relatively quite night in parliament as it successfully managed to pass the 2016 budget through. There's no guarantee however, that this will be repeated in a few weeks time when further austerity legislation including a bill on the reform on social security with substantial pension slashes will be presented to the Greek national assembly.feedback

Alexis Tsipras

Our goal was, and still is, the deep and radical reform of the economic, productive and social model of the country. To support labour rights, employment; the broadening of the social state, the protection of public property, fair taxation, and the protection of the environment.feedback

Stamatis Giannisis - Euronews

It has become something of a tradition to turn the commemoration of the 1973 student uprising into a protest against the policies of the government of the day. And it is apparent that the demonstrators are making no exception for the Syriza party of the radical left that has been ruling Greece for the past ten months.feedback

Jacob Kirkegaard

Four of the five euro zone bailouts have gone pretty well – an 80 percent success rate. Yet if the IMF walks away from Greece now, everything they've done in Europe will be remembered as a failure.feedback

Christine Lagarde - International Monetary Fund

It is critical that your authorities ensure an environment that respects the privacy of their internal discussions and take all necessary steps to guarantee their personal safety.feedback

Jacob Kirkegaard

The IMF is gearing up for new clients in the emerging economies. That is not best done by being soft on Greece. They won't go to the (IMF) board to approve participation in a third Greek bailout without something they think is tough and credible.feedback

George Pagoulatos

Each time Tsipras is going to have to compromise, he needs to create an external enemy. It's part of his old populist playbook. It's smart domestic politics even if it is dumb diplomacy.feedback

Vangelis Meimarakis

The truth is, unfortunately, that the dangers which lie ahead of us, they were created because of your first administration, and the truth being that a very harsh Winter awaits the Greek people, perhaps the harshest they have yet been through.feedback

Pedro Passos Coelho

This is the first time that a coalition government completed their mandate. It was the first time.feedback

Nuno Pereira

New political parties, with a substantial vote base, have emerged from the social unrest in Greece and Spain – Syriza and Podemos – why not in Portugal?feedback

Alexis Tsipras

We have to decide what Europe we want. Do we want a Europe of solidarity or one which throws teargas, showing these people its harsh side?feedback

Alexis Tsipras

Debt restructuring will reduce investment risks and make our economy once again attractive to investors.feedback

Giorgos Katrougalos

The time has now come for us to prove that we are a force for reform.feedback

Stamatis Giannisis - Euronews

In the last nine months, Alexis Tsipras has managed to win two national elections and a referendum. The question now is whether he will be equally successful in pushing forward with the reforms he agreed with the country's lenders last July and drive the badly-damaged Greek economy back onto the road of growth.feedback

Angelos Koveos

Mr Tsipras apparently chose the right timing for the election, just before the tornado of the new austerity measures breaks out.feedback

Voula Kehagia

Greek society wants to move away from the old political system and the message of this election is not just the reaffirmation of Alexis Tsipras' potential, but also the rejection of the old political establishment.feedback

Alexis Tsipras

My friends, the mandate that we have been given by the Greek people today is also a crystal clear message for us to untangle viciousness and a world of corruption that all these years have been governing this country.feedback

Alexis Tsipras

I feel the deep ethical and political obligation to lay before your judgement everything I have done both right and wrong, achievements and omissions.feedback

Vangelis Meimarakis

You are on your way out, and you brought catastrophe.feedback

Alexis Tsipras

The verdict of the Greek people ends, beyond any doubt, the vicious circle of austerity in our country.feedback

Stamatis Giannisis - Euronews

More than 20 opinion polls taking in the whole country over the last two weeks and covering all the parties have given a fairly clear estimate of the percentage of the votes they are going to get on Sunday. The parties, therefore, have focused on attracting as many as possible of the so-called undecided voters – the ones that apparently will determine the final outcome of this election.feedback

Stamatis Giannisis - Euronews

Analysts are very reluctant to makes forecasts. They can't be sure if the undecideds will be evenly distributed between the bigger and smaller parties, or will shift towards one of the two main contestants so that one of them might even win an absolute majority.feedback

Alexis Tsipras

With your vote, you will judge if the agreement has the right conditions to break this impasse, to help revive the economy, and whether this helps us to put an end to memoranda and cruel austerity measures.feedback

Stamatis Giannisis - Euronews

In any case the vast majority of opinion polls are showing the two main contestants – SYRIZA and New Democracy – neck-and-neck, sometimes with less than one percentage point difference between them.feedback

Eleni Rizopoulou

Talking to our Athens correspondent, Stamatis Giannisis. Stamatis, what is the latest from the election campaign? What are the polls showing?feedback

Alexis Tsipras

There will be a government. There will be no 'unnatural' government. Because what Mr. Meimarakis wants is an unnatural coalition. The country will either have a progressive government or a conservative government.feedback

Efi Koutsokosta - Euronews

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.feedback

Alexis Tsipras

I am proud of the battle my government and I have fought. We fought to stay true to our promises. We negotiated hard and insistently, for a very long time, we held out against pressures and blackmail. It's true, we reached the limit. But we made the Greek issue into an international issue.feedback

Alekos Flabouraris

It would be unfair for the government to be brought down by its own deputies.feedback

Panagiotis Kouroublis

Elections are not the best choice … but for the economy to pick up there must be political stability. To implement such a serious programme with painful measures, you cannot do that without a popular mandate.feedback

Panos Skourletis

I consider it self-evident after the deep wound in Syriza's parliamentary group for there to be such a move.feedback

Stathis Leoutsakos

The bailout cannot be a unifying basis for Syriza. The bailout cannot be the programme of Syriza, it falls outside its values, these are incompatible notions.feedback

Alexis Tsipras

But there is another view, which is respected, that doesn't accept the government's analysis and believes there was an alternative available in the early morning hours of July 13. If this is the case….then I suggest the party hold a referendum on this crucial question.feedback

Christine Lagarde - International Monetary Fund

It will require sufficient financing so that the program is actually credible and the element of debt restructuring, which will allow the Greek economy to walk on, not necessarily two legs as I have said, but four legs. It takes fiscal, structural reforms, financing, debt restructuring.feedback

Louka T. Katseli

The external debt problem of Greece was transformed into a Greek private debt problem, with most families not being able to pay their taxes, pay social security contributions, pay mortgage loans,etc. That's why I thought as an economist that this was not really the appropriate programme for Greece.feedback

Yannis Haniotis

I'm a businessman and I'm quitting. I'm done. And I'd like to see what kind of revenue the state will get when no one is working.feedback

Stamatis Giannisis - Euronews

After a heated debate that lasted until the early morning hours of Thursday Alexis Tsipras' coalition government apparently won the battle but not the war as the left wing hard liners of Greece's Syriza ruling party once again stood their ground opposing the agreement with the country's lenders.feedback

Vangelis Meimarakis

We are not in favour of the measures, we do not support Syriza's government, but we support our homeland and so we vote 'yes' to secure our country's place in the euro, we vote 'yes' to restore the trust that was lost because of your actions.feedback

Panos Skourletis

What we are called upon to do is implement a difficult deal, a deal that was forced upon us, which will have negative effects on the majority of society.feedback

Stamatis Giannisis - Euronews

The cabinet reshuffle was unavoidable for prime minister Tsipras after key radical left-wing ministers refused to support the new deal with the country's creditors. The question now is whether this revamped Syriza-led coalition will be able to implement the austerity provisions in this agreement without further political losses.feedback

Stamatis Giannisis - Euronews

Following the refusal of the outgoing cabinet's left-wing hardliners to support the new deal with the country's lenders, the Greek prime minister wanted to send a message both at home and abroad that he is determined to carry out the reforms he agreed last Monday in Brussels.feedback

Giannisis Stamatis - Euronews

Despite the defection of about a quarter of his own MPs – and with a lot of help from the Opposition – Alexis Tsipras won the most crucial parliament vote since becoming prime minister. The question is, whether or not he'll be able to repeat this feat in a weeks time when the Greek National Assembly will be called to vote – this time in detail – on the latest austerity measures.feedback

Maria Karaklioumi

Prime Minister Tsipras has a serious cohesion issue in his government, as well as a deep division in his party. For the moment and until the agreement with the lenders is finalised, he will deal with neither, as the economy is the top priority for him. Afterwards, however, I believe disagreements inside the Syriza party will be inevitable.feedback

Maria Karaklioumi

A national election won't really be necessary if the mainstream political parties get together and find some common ground. Then we can either continue with this government, or alternatively, form a national multi-party coalition.feedback

Alexis Tsipras

This 'blackmail' that you refer to, do you believe it is real or imagined? If you believe it is imagined, then I am open to alternative options, and we can go forward that way. If, however, you believe the blackmail is real, then there is no other option than for all of us to share the burden of this responsibility.feedback

Stamatis Giannisis - Euronews

Despite 17 defections from members of the coalition government, Alexis Tsipras won the Greek parliament's approval to go ahead with the new reform plans with the country's creditors. But the mutinies have caused great concern among the Syriza leadership in light of the fresh austerity measures the national assembly will soon have to pass.feedback

Stamatis Giannisis - Euronews

It took almost seven hours to Alexis Tsipras in order to gain the support of most opposition leaders but the question now is whether he will be able to convince his European counterparts and lenders who are expecting him in Brussels on Sunday evening not with the friendliest intentions.feedback

Apostolos Staikos - Euronews

The prime minister insists a 'no' on Sunday doesn't mean no to the Euro or no to Europe. But Alexis Tsipras has asked Greeks to think about the future of the country when they come to vote and promised that new negotiations would start on Monday.feedback

Voula Kehagia

Nothing will be the same after the referendum. Even if the government manages to stay on its feet and Tsipras gets the 'no' he wants, many things in the country are bound to change, dramatically.feedback

Alexis Tsipras

In a nutshell, the main initiator of the memorandum is now confirming the argument of Greek government that the solution they give us doesn't lead to a sustainable exit from the crisis.feedback

Alexis Tsipras

I don't believe that they want to kick us out of the euro and they won't. They won't, because the cost would be huge.feedback

Alexis Tsipras

The bank deposits of the Greek people are fully secure. The same applies to the payment of wages and pensions–they are also guaranteed.feedback

Alexis Tsipras

This, so that Greek voters can can choose freely without blackmail and pressure – as the Greek constitution imposes and as the values of the European Union enforce.feedback

Werner Faymann

I support European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker fully to reach an agreement, and also to ask Greece to stick to conditions set. We need a longer-term plan which is also linked to these conditions but which means talking in terms of about five years – so that whoever wants to invest in Greece knows he is investing in a country that will still have the euro a year from now.feedback

Alexis Tsipras

Comrades, I believe that we are entering the final straight of the race. One could say that it is now that the real negotiations start and now the capabilities of the Greek government and its determination will be judged, its firm commitment to its goal, which is to find a fair solution.feedback

Efi Koutsokosta - Euronews

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.feedback

Stamatis Giannisis - Euronews

Claiming that Greece is facing a humanitarian crisis, Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and his radical left Syriza party are refusing to give in to creditors demands, saying additional austerity measures would do nothing more than deal another blow to the country's flailing economy.feedback

Stamatis Giannisis - Euronews

In spite of the harsh rhetoric against the country's international creditors which to a great extent sought to appease his party's hard liners, Prime Minister Tsipras appeared willing to continue the negotiations until a solution to Greece's fiscal problems is found soon.feedback

Stamatis Giannisis - Euronews

With the unrelenting demands of the country's foreign creditors on one hand and the intransigence of his own party's hard left on the other, Prime Minister Tsipras is faced with a very difficult political conundrum. The only solution may turn out to be a new general election, as early as the beginning of July.feedback

Yanis Varoufakis

I started a dialogue with them, saying that I wanted to hear them out, even if that meant that I would be hit.feedback

Yanis Varoufakis

Regardless of the fear and aversion that arbitrary violence causes us, the answer to these people's anger and acts of violence cannot and should not be either a retreat nor a violent restraint.feedback

Isabelle Kumar - Euronews

If we look at the situation in Europe though, there's also another interesting phenomenon that's taking place. We're seeing Greece moving towards the East, potentially, with the Syriza government. We're also seeing Podemos, which is gaining power in Spain, also in Hungary. Do you see that there is a potential for Europe to start shirting and aligning itself more with Russian interests?feedback

Noam Chomsky

Take a look at what's happening. Hungary is a different situation entirely. Syriza came into office on the basis of a popular wave which said that Greece should no longer subject itself to policies from Brussels and the German banks which are destroying the country. The effect of these policies has been actually to increase Greece's debt relative to its wealth production; probably a half of young people are unemployed, probably 40% of the population is living under the poverty line, Greece is being destroyed.feedback

Dimitri Sotiropoulos

We have a clash between a democratic mandate to change economic and social policy on one hand, and the requirements of running smoothly and economy within a wider, economic integration project which is European unification.feedback

Yanis Varoufakis

This was a doctored video, it was a gesture I've never made in my life and the German people deserve better media.feedback

Alexis Tsipras

I personally don't feel I am on a leash. I feel that maybe for the first time, Greece has the resolute determination to go ahead with reforms, with cooperation from the institutions.feedback

Efi Koutsokosta - Euronews

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

Christoph Garach

Syriza's Greek win was three years ago and it will take time for him to adjust. He has to make some effort to be less direct and more diplomatic.feedback

Maithreyi Seetharaman - Euronews

What is a good compromise from your perspective on Greece? What will hold water with the other countries that are looking at Syriza and worrying about their own internal political situations?feedback

Harry Theoharis

Syriza has the potential to be different. The ties are not the same, they haven't been in power for long. But I think they will have a hard time totally cleaning up the slate and getting free of all ties.feedback

Alexis Tsipras

The verdict of the Greek people, your verdict, cancels today in an indisputable way the bailout agreements of austerity and disaster.feedback

Elena Panaritis

We had created a wonderful experiment which worked as long as we had surpluses, called the euro or the European Union. When the cows were fat and the milk was out there, we were all happy. But now that the cows are thin and the milk is dry, we still haven't found our bearings. And the little canary, Greece, is dying alone because there is no oxygen and instead of saying 'oh guys, we need to get out of this coal mine, and let some oxygen in, we are closing the tap even further.feedback

Sophia Tsagaropoulou

They did an experiment on us. They tried in this way to reduce deficits and all of that with this experiment but it failed. The patient died.feedback

Harry Theoharis

I decided that because the priorities of the government were more populist, this would make my job increasingly hard. So to give you an example, before elections governments ask the tax office to soften our responses to people who owe tax. Instead of forcing them to pay, by taking measures which are socially harder to swallow, they ask us to be more lenient.feedback

Jens Bastian

What we have seen in recent weeks is part of the hysteria surrounding all this grexit discussion. I refrain from any speculation in that area but I would argue that it is not a good idea to test the proposition that the Eurozone is better prepared for a grexit. I doubt that this is the case. You may have a new architecture regarding rescue, you may have new financial resources but you have a society and a democratic process here.feedback

Dimitra Mandikou

I wasn't someone living on other people or not paying my bills. I wasn't shying away from my responsibilities, but life was getting so hard that I couldn't sleep. Two years ago, they found I had cancer and the doctors said it was caused by stress. Finally I followed my friends' advice, they were all doing it, and I stopped paying because I didn't have the money. We just feel, well you brought us to this: we can't pay for anything, do whatever you want, we don't care, put us in jail. End of story.feedback

Jean-Claude Juncker - European Commission

As you have heard, the Greek government has said they can agree to seventy percent of the existing programme. We have to see which seventy percent the new Greek government agrees with. And for the thirty percent where there is no agreement we shall have to see what can be done.feedback

Efi Koutsokosta - Euronews

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.feedback

Nicolas Maduro

I invited have Alexis Tsipras, comrade Alexis, to visit us as soon as he can here in Venezuela. He plans to come to Latin America. He mentioned all the pressures that he is under. Because of a savage, savage neo-liberal system that has been applied in Greece.feedback

Dimitris Papadimoulis

It's an alliance and a common agreement which will help Greece and the whole eurozone to gain growth.feedback

Alexis Tsipras

I am very optimist that we will try to do our best in order to find the common viable and mutually acceptable solution for our common future.feedback

Matteo Renzi

I strongly believe that there are conditions to find an agreement between the Greek authorities and the European institutions. We believe that each of us in our countries should make reforms.feedback

Janis Emmanouilidis

That's exactly what you don't want. You don't want an escalation of the eurocrisis because you can see the potential dangers, economically and geopolitically speaking.feedback

Alexis Tsipras

We will prove Cassandra is wrong. We won't get into a mutually destructive clash but we will not continue a policy of catastrophe or subjection.feedback

Yanis Varoufakis

The real challenge is to minimize the social cost that is unnecessary throughout Europe.feedback

Stamatis Giannisis - Euronews

Most members of the new Greek cabinet have minimal or no experience at all in government positions, but in those difficult times for the country they will immediately be called to meet the challenges of their assigned posts.feedback

Francois Hollande

Greece is in the eurozone, it wants to stay in the eurozone and Greece will stay in the eurozone.feedback

Pierre Moscovici - European Union

We have common goals; ensuring that Greece as a nation can stand on its own two feet, clean up its finances, and become a jobs generator again. A Greece that is growing, and can pay its debts.feedback

Jeroen Dijsselbloem

If the Greeks commit to what we have agreed with, then, and if necessary – now, these words 'if necessary' refer to the debt sustainability, it's too early to say – we've always said we would come back to debt sustainability issues after the completion of the fifth [bailout] review and that is still pending.feedback

Jeroen Dijsselbloem

We have already done a lot to lift the debt burden for Greece over the last couple of years, in terms of interest, maturity and the length of the loans.feedback

Robert Halver - Baader Bank

The markets know exactly that the Greeks of course will receive help. They will not quit because it would threaten the very existence of the euro zone, and we all know about EU financial diplomacy. A dodgy kind of compromise will be found in Greece, with no overt haircut, but a stealth one.feedback

Alexis Tsipras

The mandate of the Greek people, your mandate, today cancels in an undisputed manner the memorandums of austerity and destruction. The mandate of the Greek people makes the troika a thing of past in our common European framework.feedback

Nikoleta Drougka

The looming victory of Syriza, as the exit polls suggest, is seen as a strong message in favour of Europe. A message that expresses not only the wish of Greece, but southern Europe in general, which has experienced the austerity policy.feedback

Alexis Tsipras

The new Greek government will be ready to cooperate and negotiate with the European Parliament.feedback

Thodora Iliadi

All eyes in Europe are turned on us for one of the most critical elections of the past decades, as Greeks cast their vote to determine who will take the wheel and have the future of the country in their hands.feedback

Alexis Tsipras

We will not honour commitments and signatures that previous governments have given, and are not binding for the new Greek government.feedback

Antonis Samaras

To all those who will determine the final result, today I call on you to fight, to unite with us.feedback

Eleni Rizopoulou

Stamatis, in less than 48 hours the polls will open. What can we expect during these last few hours?feedback

Stamatis Giannisis - Euronews

On the other hand, Syriza are focusing their efforts on widening this margin to enable them to win an outright majority.feedback

Stamatis Giannisis - Euronews

We are now in the final strait and it seems everything will be determined by those undecided voters, most of whom will choose who to vote for only once they get into the ballot booth. Regarding the main two parties fighting for the lead, in New Democracy's case they hope to be able at the last minute to convince several of the undecided voters and overturn the findings of opinion polls who've been putting Syriza first by some distance.feedback

Andreas Drymiotis

This is a crucial election, but I feel that the people will vote rather with anger than with logic. And this would be the result of the nearly five years of austerity they have lived through.feedback

Yannis Milios

Europe has nothing to fear from the decision of the Greek people to choose Syriza as the next government of this country. Our programme is one of economic stability and justice. Syriza's victory will herald the beginning for a democratic and social change in Greece.feedback

Maria Spyraki

We in New Democracy are confident that the Greeks will not let their efforts be wasted to the sudden economic death scenarios Syriza is working upon. The Greeks have already chosen stability within the EU and the eurozone and for that matter they have undergone many sacrifices. They won't let those sacrifices perish.feedback

Stamatis Giannisis - Euronews

It is the undecided voters who hold the key to the riddle of this crucial election as it is their vote that will determine more than anything else what government Greece will have on Monday morning.feedback

Christine Lagarde - International Monetary Fund

There's an issue of reliability on the financial markets, which has to be taken into account. From our perspective the country has made commitments. The country for its own sake and for its own economic recovery has to do structural reforms that are critically called for and we certainly hope that it honours its commitments.feedback

Alexis Tsipras

We presented our recommendation for the need to have a democratic way out and for the people of Greece to choose their future; our recommendation is for a referendum on these measures.feedback

Alexis Tsipras

Today we are opening the road to hope. Today we open the road to a better tomorrow with our people united, dignified and proud.feedback

Stavros Giannisis

This is definitely the most crucial election in Greece's modern history, as its outcome may herald the beginning of fundamental changes in the country's political, economic and social patterns.feedback

Nikos Pappas

Syriza wants the ballots to produce a solid government with a clear parliamentary majority, a government that can guarantee political stability and with the people's mandate fight for a new economic deal with our European counterparts.feedback

Angelos Koveos

Election campaigning this time, in spite of the country's critical situation, looks somewhat similar to the 2012 campaign. That demonstrates how little political progress has been made since then. I'm afraid that after 25th January the severe economic crisis may also turn into a deep political one.feedback

Dimitris Tsiodras

We are ready to collaborate with the people's first choice. If that choice is Syriza, our condition is that Greece never be allowed to stray from its European path. If it is New Democracy, it must rid itself of ultra-right-wing elements and stop its partisan practices in the public sector.feedback

Dora Bakoyanni

The Greek voters have a very serious decision to make: choose us and stay within an economic reform programme that will lead the country out of the crisis for good, or vote for Syriza and run the risk of driving Greece into a misadventure of unforeseeable consequences.feedback

Panos Skourletis

If it is going to be afraid of anything it should be afraid of itself. What I am referring to are the dominant strategic policies of extreme austerity, which have been imposed primarily by the main power in Europe, Germany.feedback

Alexis Tsipras

We just want to re-negotiate Greece's debts and to find a way to make these debts payable.feedback

Bernd Riexinger

I believe an attempt to influence the election in Greece is being made here which is totally inappropriate. The Greek people must decide, and if they decide to elect Syriza, then it is a decision that must be respected.feedback

Alexis Tsipras

This is the time of democracy, this is the time of dignity, this is the time for our people to stand up. This is a crucial time.feedback

George Papandreou

We welcome the people's power. We welcome every active citizen that will sign our declaration today, and in the coming days when we will travel all over Greece, for our Democrat and Socialists' Movement.feedback

Alexis Tsipras

Neither this parliament, nor the Greek people are going to sign a blank cheque to Mr. Samaras in order to let him carry on with the austerity measures that cut down on pensions and health services and ravage Greek society.feedback

Matthaios Tsimitakis

I remember when we formed at some point a 10-member committee to negotiate with the then minister of education and among the 10 members some of us were not really aware of what was going on. We had a bill of demands, but we were not really in a position to negotiate. Alexis was in a position to negotiate. Really negotiate Even then when he was 17.feedback

Wolfgang Munchau

The tragedy of today's Eurozone, is the sense of resignation with which the establishment parties of the centre-left and the centre-right are allowing Europe to drift into the economic equivalent of a nuclear winter. It is a particular tragedy that parties of the hard left are the only ones that support sensible policies such as debt restructuring.feedback

Alexis Tsipras

This catastrophe must end now. This mistake must be corrected immediately, not after the German elections take place and when it suits Angela Merkel, when it will be too late.feedback

Stamatis Giannisis - Euronews

The government had no trouble winning this confidence vote. But the real challenge for the Greek Prime Minister is in February, when he will need a super-majority of 180 MP's in order to elect the next president of the Republic. With a combined conservative /socialist strength of 155 deputies in the 300 strong chamber, Samaras has to secure at least an extra 25 votes for his candidate, otherwise he will have to call an early election.feedback

Antonis Samaras

The goal remains the same; to keep trying, to end the crisis, to end the bailouts, to maintain structural reforms, and, above all, to speed up growth.feedback

Stamatis Giannisis - Euronews

With the government's intense efforts to convince more non-coalition MPs to vote for its presidential candidate apparently failing, Greece seems to be heading to the national polls by the end of January or the beginning of February.feedback

Alexis Tsipras

In standing for office I have enormous respect for European taxpayers. I would argue that the European Left's proposals have the advantage of being sustainable and good for them too. Because by following the policy that Mrs Merkel advocates, Southern Europe will perpetually need new loans. Because austerity leads to a vicious circle of recession and new rounds of lending.feedback

Alexis Tsipras

Let me take a different approach to that issue. Spain didn't have a bailout deal. However, they implement the same mixture of policies as those set out in memorandums for Greece and Portugal. Of course for some particular reasons – to do with dignity perhaps – that Spanish politicians could use as an excuse, Spain didn't end up in the same shameful position as Greece, where the Prime Minister cannot decide anything by himself, neither can the governmental majority, without asking some lowly troika officials who often suggest schizophrenic policies.feedback

Efi Koutsokosta - Euronews

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?feedback

Alexis Tsipras

Syriza guarantees Greece will not continue to be a guinea pig, with the whole burden of a crisis piled on the Greek people – a burden for which they are not responsible.feedback

Alexis Tsipras

With the will of our people, in a few days, bailouts tied to austerity will be a thing of the past.The future has already begun.feedback

Alexis Tsipras

Today the government of Mr. Samaras, which for 2.5 years ransacked our society and had already decided and agreed on new austerity measures, is over. With the will of the people, in the coming days, the laws on austerity will also become a thing of the past.feedback

Yannis Stournaras

It is going into the workshop, so it can come out repaired, clean, and without scandal. I would like to remind you what you said on May 18, you said then that it was a channel of a dictatorship government, a channel of bailout propaganda. I think today you are crying crocodile tears Mr President of Syriza.feedback

Stamatis Giannisis - Euronews

The decision to close ERT down has caused the biggest rift so far to the less – than – a – year – old coalition government. If the three party leaders cannot strike a deal over the future of the public broadcaster on their Monday meeting, many political observers in Greece feel that the chances of an early general election will increase dramatically.feedback

Efi Koutsokosta - Euronews

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.feedback

Alexis Tsipras

His signature and his commitment to the bailout are not a salvation but a tragedy for the people. We fully understand the difficulties the country is facing, but at the same time this decision [in the form of votes], taken by the people, creates possibilities for a radically different course.feedback

Nikoletta Kritikou

Syriza's supporters received the results of the European as well as the regional elections with great enthusiasm. They strongly believe that their victory will entail rapid political developments in the country.feedback

Charles Davenport

(The German Chancellor) Merkel has conquered Greece and these are the consequences! So here we are, and we probably won't have the opportunity to see it again, so we are disappointed. It's one of those things.feedback

Michalis Tzatzas

The entire community of teachers feels betrayed, they are destroying technical colleges and this is just the beginning.feedback

Panagiotis Lafazanis

There is a river of change that is flowing and whose current cannot be stopped. The days of the Samaras Venizelos government are numbered. The time of the Left is here.feedback

Daragh Maher - HSBC

What stands out is how close SYRIZA came… so we expect some robust opposition to the austerity measures. Markets will be concerned about how narrow the margin of victory was for ND and any gains in the euro and other markets will be limited.feedback

Laura Davidescu

How will Greeks decide in such a desperate situation, where each of the two favourite parties accuse the other of leading the country towards failure, even towards apocalypse? If there is a choice, today on Sunday, June 17, it is certainly a very difficult decision between two equally dramatic scenarios.feedback

Alex Kyriakides

Fund managers counted on the current government staying in power for at least another year and a half. The possibility of early elections took them by surprise and led to the sell off. The banks are particularly vulnerable as investors are skeptical about the opposition's proposal for state control of the banking system.feedback

Symela Touchtidou - Euronews

Greece sees its sources of liquidity drying up. It is not known when the deal with the troika will be struck so that the final tranche of the aid package can be disbursed. Plus international markets are turning their back on the country.feedback

Alexis Tsipras

Never has the country, in the last 60 years, found itself in the dire situation it is in today. There is no doubt that the bailout is not the happiest of documents, as Mr. Stournaras called it, but that it has destroyed Greece and will go down in history as a tragedy.feedback

Yannis Stournaras

The Greek economy has adjusted at a very fast rate, and in a very decisive manner, and most importantly, 80 percent of the necessary distance in the fiscal adjustment has been crossed, in order for the public debt to become sustainable.feedback

Alexis Tsipras

The national debt should be investigated by an international commission. There should be a moratorium on repayments. A fair and viable European solution is demanded. The crisis is not only Greece's doing. It is a European crisis, and a solution should be demanded within a European framework.feedback

Alexis Tsipras

Your policies have destroyed the country. The majority of the people suffer and live in despair.feedback

Nikoletta Kritikou

Under the shadow of tough negotiations with the troika, which are highlighting the great gap between Athens and its foreign creditors, the Greek government finally won a confidence vote. A great number of MP's however, severely criticised the government's policies saying their vote was simply one of tolerance.feedback

Alexis Tsipras

Fourteen years ago six million people here were poor, today six million people have rights, they are equal citizens and that is Hugo Chavez's greatest contribution.feedback

Nikoleta Drougka

The former ERT building is now where NERIT is based. But the self-run ERT OPEN is also broadcasting. This division of the workers is perhaps one of the gravest consequences of ERT's sudden closure.feedback

Nikos Michalitsis - Technical Services

We feel proud because we decided to fight against the coup that took place on June 11. One year after, we are still here and are continuing. Moreover, we believe we have shown there is another way.feedback

Alexis Tsipras

Thanks to the existence of this strong leftist force François Holland knows that he cannot renege on his promises so easily. Because if he does so, he'll become Hollandreou and start down the path that led to what we see happening now in Greece.feedback

Giovanni Magi

The interest aroused by Alexis Tsipras' visit to Paris confirms that the eyes of Europe are all focused on Greece and the new elections of June 17, elections that Tsipras said he is sure to win.feedback

Alexis Tsipras

I never asked for a 'No' vote in the referendum to pull us out of the euro zone, but rather to strengthen our negotiating hand. I didn't deceive the Greek people or the political leaders.feedback

Alexis Tsipras

To answer the question of whether or not we've made mistakes during our five-month period of negotiation, the honest answer is to answer in the positive. Yes, we have made mistakes.feedback

Jose Manuel Barroso - European Commission

If a member of a club, I am not now speaking about a specific country but if a member of a club does not respect the rules of the club, it's better not to remain in the club that is for any organization, any institution, in general any project.feedback

Antonis Samaras

This is our last chance, and no one is going to hold us back.feedback

Alexis Tsipras

A large, clear victory for Syriza on Sunday ensures an end to the bailout programme, to the ransacking and destruction of the country, to subjection, and to indignity.feedback

Jose Manuel Barroso - European Commission

We must tell the Greek people that the programme for Greece is the least difficult of all the difficult alternatives.feedback

Alexis Tsipras

The government that will be formed with New Democracy at its core needs to seriously take into consideration that on big issues it can no longer proceed as previous governments have done.feedback

Alexis Tsipras

In life there is no such thing as a little bit pregnant, just as there is no such thing as a little bit of bailout agreement. Either there are wrong policies, just like the bailout, which we will continue in larger or smaller doses and it will lead us towards catastrophe, or, we will demand another solution, beyond these mistaken, catastrophic policies.feedback

Antonis Samaras

All Greeks will benefit from last night's success. 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.feedback

Alexis Tsipras

The negotiations and the discussions took place between (German Chancellor) Merkel and (the IMF's Christine) Lagarde and they made the compromise. The solution does not include Greece, it does not include a viable plan for Greece, that is why it is not a solution.feedback

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