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Philippe Leclerc - United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
The number of people crossing the Aegean to Greece has dropped drastically over the past year, but this tragic incident shows that the dangers and the risk of losing one's life remains very real.feedback
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Apr 24 2017
Greece has been commented on by 582 key people in the news. You can find all of them on this page with their statements. People who have been most quoted about Greece are: Alexis Tsipras, Jeroen Dijsselbloem, Wolfgang Schäuble and Pierre Moscovici. For instance, the most recent quote from Alexis Tsipras is: “What was decided in Malta ... renders the horizon for the country's exit from supervision visible.”.
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Simon Tilford

Lower birthrates in the south will mean weaker growth and productivity, holding the birthrate down and producing more fiscal problems. It suggests that the already divergent economic performance between Northern and Southern Europe may become structural rather than cyclical.feedback

Byron Kotzamanis

As long as Greece has high unemployment, it may be good luck that there's not a baby boom.feedback

Anastasia Economopoulou

I asked them not to put in many embryos because we can only manage one.feedback

Dimitrios Karellas

We need to allocate more money to create the services needed for families and children. But it's hard to do amid the crisis. If we don't fix this, in 20 years we'll be a country of old people. The fact is, it's a disaster.feedback

Jim Yong Kim - World Bank Group

No decision has been made. In terms of providing loans, no decision has made on that yet.feedback

John Stamos

That to me is heartbreaking. He never knew his father. My grandfather was sort of very reserved as a Greek man. I think it took him in his later years to really get emotional with my father, and I know he didn't say 'I love you' a lot, or wasn't very affectionate.feedback

Alexis Tsipras

What was decided in Malta ... renders the horizon for the country's exit from supervision visible.feedback

Emma Boorman

From Monday onwards it's really all-change. The rain and cloud across the far north west is associated with a cold front. That will be making its way to the south-east during Sunday night and introducing a much colder feel as we head into the start of the new working week. Temperatures in some places, for example, could be a solid 10 degrees cooler on Monday than they were on Sunday. The Easter weekend is likely to see bands of rain or showers, turning wintry over northern hills, with the best of the dry and bright weather in the south.feedback

Alexis Tsipras

Medium-term debt relief measures, able to include us in (the ECB's) quantitative easing, and a fiscal path that will not be unattainable, is the condition for us to implement the measures we decided. After Malta, the road opens for specifying measures on debt relief. This will send a clear message that the crisis is behind us. I am certain that the difficult decisions we took ... are ones that in a few years, when we look back at the crucial dilemmas we faced, we will be sure we did the right thing.feedback

Jeroen Dijsselbloem

The good thing is that we have achieved results but I'm going to tell the ministers first.feedback

Euclid Tsakalotos

It is in the nature of every agreement for there to be compromises. There are things that will upset … the Greek people.feedback

Stelios Koulouglou

In the circumstances it was the best the government could get, but in essence it only prolongs the crisis, it doesn't solve it. Personally I neither trust the IMF nor [German finance minister Wolfgang] Schäuble. The IMF is still waiting for Trump to clarify his policy on Europe, and Germany is in the midst of an election campaign.feedback

Giorgos Kyrtsos

The EU is buying time, governments are buying time, the Greek political system is buying time. There are two Grexit scenarios. One made in Greece, the result of the inability to restart the economy. And one made in the eurozone because of political developments in France or Italy. In my view, the big danger is the permanent political and economic crisis in Italy. You can't have Greece trapped in the eurozone if Italy leaves.feedback

Aliki Mouriki

The 37% of Greeks at risk of poverty and social exclusion really cannot make ends meet. They no longer have the means to meet basic needs, with consumption of milk and bread right down and payment of electricity bills at an all-time low.feedback

Claus Vistesen - Pantheon Macroeconomics

My guess is that the Greek government got a stern warning from the ECB(European Central Bank)/Bank of Greece that a further impasse would have meant a severe hit to the economy via capital outflows.feedback

Claus Vistesen - Pantheon Macroeconomics

As for the IMF, I would assume that they are in … otherwise I don't see the Eurogroup agreeing to this. Another way to put it is that they haven't said, as far as I can see at least, that they're out. So I have to assume that they're in.feedback

Claus Vistesen - Pantheon Macroeconomics

We have to be skeptical of course that a reform pledge for 2019 and 2020 will actually be carried out, but it plugs a hole for now.feedback

Jeroen Dijsselbloem

The big blocks have now been sorted out and that should allow us to speed up and go for the final stretch. There is agreement on these main topics, on these big reforms, on the size sequencing and the timing -- that is with the IMF absolutely yes. I could not talk about an agreement on those issues if the IMF had not agreed. That momentum is slipping away from us so we really need to work fast and have it done certainly well in time for the next payments Greece has to make.feedback

Gerry Rice - International Monetary Fund

We are at a point where we think there are good prospects for successfully concluding discussions on these outstanding policy issues during the next mission to Athens. Such an agreement on policies will have to be followed by discussions with euro-area countries to ensure satisfactory assurances on a credible strategy to restore debt sustainability, before a programme is presented to the IMF executive board.feedback

Adam Szymczyk

I think this project is quite profound and layered and complex and it's offering something that it is totally unique to this city and to many people who will be coming to this city from afar.feedback

Alexis Tsipras

The Greek economy is ready to leave the crisis behind it. But despite the impressive fiscal results, some of our creditors appear unrepentant. If there is no white smoke at the Eurogroup on Friday, I have already requested an EU leaders' summit.feedback

Martin Roth

It's just about creating an awareness, creating a kind of, Don't forget our European brothers and sisters in the homeland of democracy.feedback

Hanno Rauterberg

It's a disappointment for both sides. Most people won't come to Athens and won't see the whole Documenta.feedback

Eirene Efstathiou

They've learned 'at' us a lot. When locals are involved, it's on Documenta's terms. It's in an academic sort of way, Isn't the economic crisis interesting?feedback

Stamatis Giannisis - Euronews

The Greek government is accusing the country's lenders of exercising excessive pressure in order to impose more austerity measures. And meanwhile any further delays in reaching an agreement brings Greece even closer to the need for a new bailout.feedback

Napoleon Maravegias

The delay in the negotiations, regardless of who is to blame, creates even bigger problems because it sinks the Greek economy deeper into the recession. And on the other hand, there is a danger that the country's lenders will demand more austerity if the macroeconomic indicators deteriorate.feedback

Donald Tusk - European Council

No one is interested in punishing Greece. Our only goal yesterday and today, and also tomorrow, is to help Greece. You know that the crisis itself is punitive enough. Our finance ministers should do the work to achieve an agreement. This is the only positive result for Greece and for the whole community. We are close to concluding this demanding procedure.feedback

Alexis Tsipras

I think the initiative will have to be taken at the higher level to have a positive outcome before Easter, in any case within April, even if this means calling a euro area summit. But this endless negotiation must come to an end. Our finance ministers should do the work to achieve an agreement. This is the only positive result for Greece and for the whole community.feedback

John Hall

Those killed and injured included Londoners, but also people from the United States of America, from Romania, France, South Korea, Italy, China, Australia, Greece, Portugal, Germany, Poland and Ireland. We weep for the violence, for the hatred, for the loss of life, for all that divides and spoils our world. It was not meant to be like this. It should not be like this. Violence and hatred are not the answer.feedback

Kostas Dimopoulos

They cut our pensions when they had said they would give us back our bonuses. Not only did they fool us and not give us our bonuses, but they also lowered our pensions even more.feedback

Kati Piri

Europe should be the place to open up. We know who are coming, if they take them to legal pathways and not to smugglers. You can do all the identification before and we can still show our human our our human side as the European Union, by taking the most vulnerable refugees. It's not happening enough.feedback

Ali Alfauori

My son was killed three years ago, and my nephew after my son, about eight months. My son was 16-and-a-half, and my nephew was 21. Syrian people are very kind people, but they are looking for their opportunity in life again. Don't be against them, try to deal with them, try to sit with them, try to speak with them, try to understand why they leave their country.feedback

Sarah Ayton

The last five years has been head down, looking after the kids. I'm at a situation in time where I've got my children in full-time education and take this on. I've learned from my sailing I love a challenge. This is something completely new. It is absolutely incredible and thrilling.feedback

Sarah Ayton

It is my first time ever on a horse. I know nothing. If you know nothing, you can learn the correct way. It is going to be crazy.feedback

Friedrich Joussen - TUI

Whilst the impact of macroeconomic and geopolitical challenges is evident in certain source markets and destinations, our balanced portfolio of markets and destinations, our focus on growth in own hotel and cruise brands and our strong balance sheet put us in a robust position. We therefore reiterate our guidance of at least 10% growth in group underlying Ebita in 2016/17.feedback

Giorgos Kolliopoulos

It usually takes four people and up to five hours to produce one hundred bottles.feedback

Giorgos Kolliopoulos

There will always be a market for exceptional products that amaze us with their intrinsic passion.feedback

Vasileios Gkionakis - UniCredit Group

For populism to be able to gain acceptance, spread and potentially govern, you actually need a lot of hearsay.feedback

Tomas Budi

Since coming here I've met students from England and Greece and France and Italy. You grow up as a person, and your thoughts become more global. If the U.K. leaves, European students won't have the opportunity to come here and study. And British students won't have the opportunity to go to France or to Spain.feedback

Carol Chillington Rutter

He takes the English people to Venice, to Rome, to Athens. For Shakespeare that idea of Europeanism connects us back to our roots – to who we are. The English are about to get their behinds whipped. Those guys are doomed.feedback

Michael Skibbe

I am very satisfied. The point is good and the boys carried out the plan to bring us the prize. The group remains open. We have to go from match to match and play like we know we can.feedback

Roberto Martinez - Anfield

I've got mixed emotions. There are many frustrations, also about the pitch. But I'm glad we have avoided defeat. The performance wasn't enough for a home game, but Greece played a very ugly, physical game. Of course we missed Hazard and De Bruyne. Any team would do, not just us.feedback

Alexis Tsipras

We intend to support the Rome Declaration, a document which moves in a positive direction. Nevertheless, in order to be able to celebrate these achievements, it has to be made clear, on an official level, whether they apply also to Greece. Whether, in other words, the European acquis is valid for all member states without exception, or for all except Greece. I ask for your support in order to protect, together, the right of Greece to return to the standards of the European social model.feedback

Pierre Vimont

What was at the heart of European values and principles was this simple idea of solidarity, that we would help those countries with difficulties and stick together through challenging times. It seems to have gotten lost when we enlarged to the new states of Central and Eastern Europe, and we saw it in our treatment of Greece, too. There is a sense of harshness and division, a lack of solidarity. And if that simple idea is not there anymore, then we're in big trouble. If we don't have that, what's the use of going forward?feedback

Jens Spahn

(Schulz) is part of the political elite in Brussels and Berlin but he tries to shape himself as someone from outside and so far it seems to work but of course we have to tackle him on this and to ask him about his positions in the past. He was always a better friend to the communists in Athens than to the German taxpayers and that for example is an issue we will bring up.feedback

Yiannis Garoutsos

He's just a yes-man of Europe. He was just doing Germany's dirty work.feedback

Mujtaba Rahman

Dijsselbloem has essentially been Germany's agent in the Eurogroup.feedback

Guntram Wolff - Bruegel

Dijsselbloem is widely perceived as a good chair of the Eurogroup who has exercised a steady hand.feedback

Theodoros Chronopoulos

The packages were destined for European countries.feedback

Colin Seftor

Sometimes you see the dust in Italy or all the way into Greece. You'll see this weather pattern that looks like a storm, with that classic comma shape of clouds.feedback

Roberto Martinez - Anfield

Eden's absence is obviously a big blow, but it will be interesting to see how we deal with it. Eden suffered a calf injury the day before the game against Stoke. It does not appear to be too bad based on the information Chelsea gave us. Eden came to Belgium on Monday, but he will not remain with the group. Of course, this will be a disappointment for him. He is a very professional captain. But injuries are part of the game. A big test awaits without Eden.feedback

Nikos Christakos

I think that Brussels and certain European states have shown their solidarity to Greece in terms of the refugee crisis. But I think that in the future we need to balance this out further because it cannot be the case for any European that is receiving migrants and refugees because they are on the border to have to deal with this issue by themselves.feedback

Allan Meltzer - Carnegie

It's corrupting to give money to countries like Greece that never reform; those are taxpayer monies the people who voted worked hard for. If we bail out countries that do things that are not in the interest of their citizens, then we just get more of the same. Adam is the right man for this job.feedback

Abu Samir

Turkey wanted to show that they were stopping the smugglers.feedback

Dimitris Christopoulos - International Federation for Human Rights

It is a situation of absolute precarity. It sends a message to migrants: Do not come.feedback

Abu Samir

I expect waves of people. The business will come back to the way it was, and maybe better.feedback

Farhad Nouri

One day I will draw him, too. I was in Turkey. I was in Greece. Here in the camp I like my painting. I like drawing my feelings and faces. I remember the door when we are going away. I remember that day. When I think [hard] I can remember something. I teach myself. Sometimes I see from the videos, on YouTube, and I learn.feedback

Krisha Prathepan

We intend to challenge any resumption of returns to Greece, as that country's asylum system remains dysfunctional and the risk of refugees being returned from Greece to the very countries in which they faced persecution remains as high as ever.feedback

Konstantinos Vernikos

It is not very common to draw an opponent from the same country in two consecutive draws. I think that, as against Osmanlispor, hospitality in Athens and Ankara were impeccable, the same will happen now in Istanbul. It will prove that sport unites.feedback

Manolis Orfanoudakis

In one word? Catastrophe. It's a catastrophe, we cannot produce anything. The production costs are ridiculously high. We cannot produce products that will be competitive on the market and that the consumer can buy.feedback

Catherine Rampell

Round after round of budget cuts have forced the Internal Revenue Service to dramatically scale back its efforts to catch tax cheats. And as I mentioned in my column today, some of the biggest beneficiaries of this decline in enforcement are wealthier Americans and larger corporations (that is, the taxpayers with the most resources available to engage in aggressive tax planning).feedback

Alexis Tsipras

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.feedback

Platon Monokroussos

The data revision points to a full-year 2016 real GDP growth of -0.1 percent versus a 0.3 percent expansion suggested by the previous flash estimates.feedback

Rikko Voorberg

We are fighting a situation where people in Greece are stuck there. There is about 63 000 people. In September 2015 we promise to relocate them for the rest of their asylum procedure and we just didn't. It's more then one and a half year later and 85 percent is still stuck there.feedback

Bernard Cazeneuve

Greece and its partners have the political will. The results of the reforms undertaken, of the efforts made, are there. They are spectacular. They of course always merit being furthered. And you know that you can count on the determination and solidarity of France.feedback

James Grubman

The relevance of this is when you have family enterprises around the world, and they grow out of places like Greece or Brazil or Dubai. They're steeped in that honor culture, but the parents send their children off to get educated in the West, and then the kids come back and they have different ideas. They rock the boat.feedback

Martin Sorrell

The four leading western continental European economies – Germany, France, Italy and Spain – let alone the Netherlands and Greece, also all face political uncertainty, although Germany and Spain are strengthening economically. In these circumstances, clients face challenging top-line growth opportunities and uncertainties.feedback

Gerasimos Roubis

We doctors are also victims of the havoc the economic crisis created with the country's creditors demanding wage cuts.feedback

Afrodite Renviou

We will not accept the notion that we lost what we lost. We will fight to claim back our losses, and furthermore we will remain alert and vigilant because the government is about to further escalate its assault on our incomes.feedback

Gerasimos Roubis

Our only option is to join forces with the rest of the society and fight back.feedback

Romano Prodi

Now it is clear that Germany is the leading county. As you have seen in the Greek case there was not, let's say a dialogue between Brussels and Athens, but between Berlin and Athens because this is the reality. But, I think that when you are a leader like in Germany – you must put yourself in the shoes of the other members.feedback

Dimitris Avramopoulos

There are no more excuses for the member states not to deliver. It is possible and feasible to relocate all those who are eligible from Italy and Greece by September. It is as if you have an outstanding bill. You have to pay it.feedback

Harun Karadenizli

Sometimes I'm alone or else I bring friends or clients, but no matter what, the hours go by here without you even realizing. There's something about this place that makes you want to stay.feedback

Gregory Politis

I wanted a place similar to the ones I ate at growing up. The quality of the food was good, the prices were reasonable, and you were assured that the staff would take care of you and that you would see people you knew.feedback

Christine Moson

We tried to come before and couldn't get a table because it was so full. Now that we've been, we see why and know that we'll definitely be back.feedback

Cheryl Krasner

The music and décor make us feel like we're on a mini break.feedback

Panagiotis Ntontis

Those measures should stop because they will burden the workers. We want salaries to live the life that we deserve.feedback

Adonis Georgiadis

You have to expect that (Kyriakos Mitsotakis, leader of New Demcoracy) will transfer the country to the most business friendly Greece ever was. If you want to buy Greece, buy Greece now because it's cheap.feedback

Adonis Georgiadis

At the end, logic will prevail, nobody would like to let Greece after all these efforts and all these loans to be bankrupt in July. (Prime Minister) Tsipras has a big responsibility to close the review as fast as possible. If he will not close the review, our economy will face problems. From our side because we have never really implemented all the reforms and from the lenders side because they didn't understand exactly how the economy was working and the things we could really do and what we couldn't do.feedback

Jens Spahn

There must not be a bail-in. We think it is very, very likely that we will come to an agreement with the International Monetary Fund that does not require a haircut.feedback

Jens Spahn

Our Spanish friends, for example, say: 'Hang on - that wouldn't be fair: we carry out reforms and get no haircut and now you're talking about giving Greece one?!feedback

Alexis Tsipras

Today, I have the absolute conviction we have achieved an honourable compromise. For the first time in seven years it was agreed, and this is crucial, to leave behind us this principle of perpetual austerity.feedback

Yannis Stournaras

If the negotiations drag on with no agreement in sight, then Greece will enter a new cycle of uncertainty, deteriorating relations with our partners and creditors, and a backsliding of the economy into stagnation.feedback

Alexis Tsipras

I am fully convinced we achieved an honorable compromise.feedback

Valdis Dombrovskis - European Commission

It was a very clear signal just after the Brexit referendum that 27 countries are willing to stick together … willing to make the EU a success.feedback

Roger Hallam - JPMorgan Asset Management

This (Le Pen winning) is still not a central scenario. (But) relative to the Greek experience it is much clearer for my money that if France was to leave it would be a much more negative event for the euro than if Greece was to leave. If that probability continues to rise we would anticipate that would continue to weigh increasingly heavily on the euro.feedback

Achim Post

More must be done for growth and employment. If I push Greece further under water, or Portugal too, how should growth be generated if I cut wages and pensions? He doesn't just want to stand as a candidate, he wants to be chancellor.feedback

Daniel Lenz - DZ Bank

It seems that, more and more, investors just want to get out of French bonds and are trying to take advantage of any chance to sell them.feedback

Robert Halver - Baader Bank

The country is not getting anywhere in the eurozone and everybody knows it. They should be able to leave and be granted a debt relief. However, debt relief in an election year in Germany will never work politically and should the Greeks leave the eurozone, in a Europe that has already been weakened, Grexit would be the first domino to fall.feedback

Pierre Moscovici - European Union

We still need to narrow our differences in terms of fiscal projections and we still need to agree on all details of the policy package to conclude the second review.feedback

Jeroen Dijsselbloem

There will be a change in the policy mix if you will, moving, perhaps, away from austerity and putting more emphasis on deep reforms, which is also been a key element for the IMF. The liquidity issues as you know are not substantial and they won't occur until the summer, so in other words, there is no acute need for money. Economically of course it's important that the stability which we have achieved in Greece and the recovery, economically, continues. And therefore it would be useful if it all happens quite quickly.feedback

Jeroen Dijsselbloem

There will be a change in the policy mix, moving perhaps away from austerity and putting more emphasis on reform.feedback

Michael Sapin

We are going to find an agreement on Greece in the coming days and put it in place in the coming days.feedback

Jeroen Dijsselbloem

A lot of the electorate in the Netherlands supports my serious approach to this issue so I will continue to follow up on it in a very serious way.feedback

Jeroen Dijsselbloem

There's what is happening in Greece, what is happening in Germany, what is happening in France. That's Europe. In Europe we have democracy, in each country there is a democratic heart beating, not always at the same time but that's why we built Europe and how we will overcome today's difficulties. There's always an election somewhere in Europe so we simply have to keep moving ahead.feedback

Jeroen Dijsselbloem

I think it's in our joint interests for the Greeks, the whole euro zone and the Netherlands that we have a stable recovery in Greece. That's what we're doing and anyone who wants to talk about crisis can talk to someone else because the Greek economy is gradually recovering and what we need to do is to strengthen that and give that more opportunity and that is what I'm trying to do.feedback

Nick Koskoletos - EFG Eurobank Ergasias

It's safe to assume the warrants will expire worthless. The HFSF has lost any chance of recouping the 25 billion euros, given the dilutions in the two rounds of recapitalization that followed. The sum will remain a part of public debt.feedback

Gabriel Stein

For the countries that have joined the euro, the euro is presented as the ultimate goal, the way of the future, the single future. If a country were to leave the euro, it would be a sign that it ain't necessarily so, in other words, it breaks the taboo.feedback

Gabriel Stein

This is a complicated issue. There are strong feelings on all sides, there are politics involved and crucially, no decision is necessary until July and I think the best we can hope for is no breakdown in talks and an agreement to continue talking.feedback

James Galbraith

There's a fundamental gap between the IMF, who notes correctly that the Greek debt is unsustainable, and the European creditors who do not wish to renegotiate the debt. The IMF would like the Europeans to buy them out, but the Europeans need the IMF to enforce the economic program on the Greeks. In addition to that, the IMF is utterly unwilling to face the reality that its program is a disastrous failure; instead it keeps saying the problem is only that it hasn't been applied with sufficient zeal.feedback

Wolfgang Schäuble

If Greece carries out the reforms, there won't be any problems. If they don't, then there will be problems. I'm confident. Greece is on the right path. I assume it will.feedback

Peter Kazimir

As for our friends from the IMF, we like them and it's good to have them on board. But I'm not willing to pay any price for their participation, green-lighting the IMF kind of debt relief–which Greece does not need. We have elections in the Netherlands, France & Germany. I can tell from my experience that Greece is a topic you want to avoid in a campaign.feedback

Athanasios Vamvakidis

We will see progress when Greece runs out of money.feedback

Athanasios Vamvakidis

Without the IMF, monitoring the bailout would be harder.feedback

Dimitris Tzanakopoulos

The Greek government is negotiating with responsibility and resolve ... but all of that must, however, be without any additional burden, and without additional costs for Greek society. Our aim continues to be an agreement with not even a euro more of additional measures.feedback

Pierre Moscovici - European Union

An agreement on the way forward for the Greek programme is absolutely necessary … with (a) little effort from all stakeholders, (it) seems to me doable. It's clear that there is a need now to show the Greek people that there is a light at the end of the tunnel of austerity.feedback

Stamatis Giannisis - Euronews

There is a widespread feeling in Greece that the delays in the country's exiting from the crisis are due to the disagreements between its creditors, however several crucial economic reforms have not yet gone through. In any case, further delays to the completion of the review on progress of the reforms can only bring more problems to the already extremely troubled Greek economy.feedback

Poul M. Thomsen - International Monetary Fund

Accusations that we have outdated models and that we are permanently too pessimistic, goes against the fact that the Greek [reform] programme has missed targets for years now.feedback

Pierre Moscovici - European Union

The IMF is a very important partner, we want the IMF to be on board. We need to have an agreement including the IMF because it is a guarantee, a security for Greece. But well, we're going to discuss on and on until Monday the 20th of February so as to bring everybody on board and so that everybody feels comfortable with the parameters of what could be a compromise.feedback

Pierre Moscovici - European Union

I am confident that if efforts are made by all sides, yes, we can make very good progress and move towards that agreement. When I look at the figures I see that Greece has recovered now.feedback

Jeroen Dijsselbloem

It will take more time. People think that as there is a Eurogroup meeting next week we must have something worked out. But that has not been my planning.feedback

Jeff Schulze - Clearbridge

If the European Union can survive these hurdles and make it through to 2018, then we should see a positive mid-single-digit return this time next year. That's the standoff – European finance ministers want to see more spending cuts and tax increases, while Tsipras [the prime minister] is claiming that austerity has gone too far and that there's no more they can cut.feedback

Stamatis Giannisis - Euronews

The farmers' protests are only one of many headaches for the government, with feelings running high among more and more people whose salaries have fallen and taxes risen in seven years of severe economic austerity.feedback

Geert Wilders

We want to make the Netherlands ours again, to close the borders and keep all the money we give to foreigners, it's billions, to Africa for development, to Brussels, to Greece, to asylum seekers in the Netherlands. We will stop it and give all that money to the Dutch people living in the Netherlands.feedback

Dimitris Tzanakopoulos

We expect the IMF ... to adopt a more realistic and a more constructive approach in the immediate future. We expect the same from Germany's Finance Ministry.feedback

Jeroen Dijsselbloem

People think that because there's a Eurogroup next week we have to have it worked out. But that's never been my timeframe. It's unthinkable. The IMF must also be on board.feedback

Bernard Cazeneuve

We support Greece. I reiterated this to the chancellor and I sensed a sincere desire on her part to work towards a solution in which everyone respects their responsibilities. What is important is that France and Germany work together in order to preserve the integrity of the euro zone.feedback

Hans-Peter Friedrich

We told Mitsotakis that there should be no doubt whatsoever that the conditions for the reform programme must be completely fulfilled. Without implementing the structural reforms agreed upon there will be no further release from the third bailout.feedback

Pierre Moscovici - European Union

The European economy has proven resilient to the numerous shocks it has experienced over the past year. Growth is holding up and unemployment and deficits are heading lower. After years of crisis, we are building a success story, where reforms allow for a return to growth, investment and confidence. We cannot add, just like that, a crisis to a context of recovery in Greece and global uncertainty. Let's be reasonable. We must ensure that its benefits are felt in all parts of the euro area and all segments of society.feedback

Michalis Papanos

We heard on TV that, if the bomb explodes, it will be like a strong earthquake.feedback

Jean-Claude Juncker - European Commission

No country has managed to achieve what Greece has done in terms of improving its competitiveness.feedback

Jean-Claude Juncker - European Commission

Yes, it is on a shaky ground in the sense that we don't see how the International Monetary Fund could manage this problem.feedback

Alexis Tsipras

We are ready to discuss anything within the framework of the (bailout) agreement and within reason, but not things beyond the framework of the agreement and beyond reason. We will not discuss demands which are not backed up by logic and by numbers. Absurd, imaginary unreal, it doesn't matter, as long as it is made to look like Greece is to blame.feedback

Jeroen Dijsselbloem

We made substantial progress today and are close to common ground for the mission to return to Athens the coming week. There is a clear understanding that a timely finalisation of the second review is in everybody's interest. We will take stock of the further progress of the second review during the next Eurogroup.feedback

Ewald Nowotny

There is neither an economic, nor a political reason for this. Greece is a European problem and Europe will solve it.feedback

Jeroen Dijsselbloem

The story that there's a crisis (is) roundly exaggerated. The next large payment that Greece needs to make (on its debt) isn't until this summer. But if I can give them a push today, that would be of course be very welcome. The discussions today are not about debt easing.feedback

Voula Patoulidou

It is the first time something like this is happening in Greece. The transfer of all residents is mandatory and we will go door-to-door to make sure everyone leaves.feedback

Friederike von Tiesenhausen

We are at the moment engaged in ensuring that a review of the current third programme is successful. That's where all our efforts are focused.feedback

George Katrougalos

It's necessary to have some debt relief, because we want to enter the QE (quantitative easing) of (ECB President Mario) Draghi. There are ongoing efforts to reach a deal next week.feedback

Jeroen Dijsselbloem

We will take stock of the further progress of the second review during the next Eurogroup (meeting).feedback