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He's just a yes-man of Europe. He was just doing Germany's dirty work.
Dijsselbloem has essentially been Germany's agent in the Eurogroup.
They'll find someone just as accommodating to replace him.
Dijsselbloem is widely perceived as a good chair of the Eurogroup who has exercised a steady hand.
We don't know yet but it seems so.
The packages were destined for European countries.
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.
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.
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.
There is no promise that all the work will be done by then.
But he will not play against Greece. We are going to follow the injury. It is a big disappointment for Eden that he cannot lead the team. If you want to be a good team, you have to absorb everything. This is a good test for us. I see enough players who can take over his role.
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.
We will review the migrant deal if necessary.
Turkey wanted to show that they were stopping the smugglers.
It is a situation of absolute precarity. It sends a message to migrants: Do not come.
I expect waves of people. The business will come back to the way it was, and maybe better.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
I want to go to Athens and stand where Cleopatra stood.
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.
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.
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.
We doctors are also victims of the havoc the economic crisis created with the country's creditors demanding wage cuts.
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.
Our only option is to join forces with the rest of the society and fight back.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Everything O.K. tonight, you two?
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.
The music and décor make us feel like we're on a mini break.
Those measures should stop because they will burden the workers. We want salaries to live the life that we deserve.
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.
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.
Mistakes have been made from both sides.
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.
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?!
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.
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.
I am fully convinced we achieved an honorable compromise.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
There will be a change in the policy mix, moving perhaps away from austerity and putting more emphasis on reform.
We are going to find an agreement on Greece in the coming days and put it in place in the coming days.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Let's hope we close the review in the coming weeks.
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.
We will see progress when Greece runs out of money.
Without the IMF, monitoring the bailout would be harder.
"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,"
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
"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.".
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.
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.
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.
"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".
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.
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.
"The bombing was done by English and American planes on Sept. 17, 1944. It was Sunday lunchtime,"
Now is not the time to turn the clocks back to financial instability.
We heard on TV that, if the bomb explodes, it will be like a strong earthquake.
They have warned us ... we are afraid for the child.
No country has managed to achieve what Greece has done in terms of improving its competitiveness.
"No country has managed bigger steps to improve competitiveness than Greece,"
It goes without saying that it will happen sooner or later.
"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,".
Yes, it is on a shaky ground in the sense that we don't see how the International Monetary Fund could manage this problem.
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.
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.
There is neither an economic, nor a political reason for this. Greece is a European problem and Europe will solve it.
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.
"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"
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.
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.
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.
"We made substantial progress today and are close to common ground for the (lenders') mission to return to Athens the coming week,". "There is a clear understanding that a timely finalization 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 (meeting).
There seems to be a high degree of will to put this issue to bed prior to elections in the euro zone.
(German Finance Minister Wolfgang) Schaeuble has a strategy of a much smaller euro zone.
I am optimistic that we could have such an agreement before the Eurogroup on Feb. 20. We want the package of the political agreement to have also the necessary measures for debt to be considered sustainable. The package must have both of these dimensions. He has suggested Grexit in 2012, in 2015, he is not saying it loud and clear now, but it is clear in our understanding that Mr. Schaeuble's idea is Grexit. It is highly irresponsible not only for the people of Greece but for Europe.
We are trying to forge a package that would be a decent compromise. This package, in order to be decent, cannot contain irrational demands like those by the IMF.
"We are trying to forge a package that would be a decent compromise,". "This package, in order to be decent, cannot contain irrational demands like those by the IMF.".
I am optimistic that we could have such an agreement before the Eurogroup on Feb 20. We are trying to forge a package that would be a decent compromise.
"This package, in order to be decent, cannot contain irrational demands like those by the IMF,"
This time around both sides can contemplate Greece leaving the euro.
The German pressure is part of these negotiations. There will be more headlines, more risks (that Greece will leave the euro) until Greece runs out of money. This is when they will reach an agreement.
For me it is not a matter of two speeds within the euro zone. The euro zone must remain together. And what we agreed on should be delivered together by all the euro member states.
" Times are tough in the European travel industry and Thomas Cook isn't having the best of it, though the good news is things don't seem to be getting any worse."
"As far as banks are concerned, the Fund assumes that they will need a further 10 billion euros capital buffer without explaining why this is the case,"
As far as banks are concerned, the Fund assumes that they will need a further 10 billion euros capital buffer without explaining why this is the case.
But at this stage I hope we can be convincing in a political sense. I think it is highly unfair to leave that only to Greece and Italy. I think there should be a collective responsibility of all member states.
It's been a while, certainly not since he has been the president, certainly not since the election has (Trump) called China a currency manipulator and I think Donald Trump is perhaps aware of the fact that they are taking action to keep the exchange rate higher not lower. We've known Greece is at risk, coming back to the headlines right now, but China is so much of a larger economy. That is the one that can certainly do a lot more damage to global confidence.
"Concluding the review once the crowded EU political cycle has started will prove extremely challenging. As such, early March seems the latest possible date for a deal,". "Barring that, the July debt redemption will prove challenging".
If it is coming to a default by accident then the ECB would suffer and from my point of view you want to avoid losses at the ECB level. It is one thing to have a bad headline about giving Greece money again, but even worse if you communicate that now losses have been incurred by the ECB.
Concluding the review once the crowded EU political cycle has started will prove extremely challenging. As such, early March seems the latest possible date for a deal. Barring that, the July debt redemption will prove challenging.
We are saying that Greece needs to take some fairly difficult decisions to make its budget much more growth-friendly.
If you compare what we were a year ago, there is a narrowing of differences of views on debt sustainability and on what is needed.
So it's not like the IMF is saying 'leave the Greeks alone now and give them debt relie.
It's surprising because Greece is already doing better than that report describes. At the end of the current (bailout) programme in mid-2018 we'll look again to see what's possible and what's necessary. But not earlier.
Our aim is to not yield to illogical demands by the International Monetary Fund, which insists on making a central issue the legislating of precautionary [austerity] measures to the sum of 4.5 billion after the programme ends.
The government's position is clear and it has been expressed categorically … our aim is to not yield to illogical demands by the International Monetary Fund, which insists on legislating precautionary (austerity) measures after the programme ends.
The uncertainty around Greece's euro membership in the first half of 2015 knocked the economy off its feet. Deposit outflows and outflows from Athens-based money market funds will give the first signs that the market is pricing a risk o f a Greek exit from the euro zone.
Patience, especially in Germany, is wearing thin.
If a deal is not achieved, the EU election calendar probably will make any agreement impossible until the summer. This will bring us precariously close to its next scheduled Greek 10.5 billion euro payment to its creditors.
We live like animals. No one should spend any time in conditions like this. Unfortunately, Greek procedure is achaic.
Greece can't even support its own people financially at the moment. Businesses are closing, the Greeks themselves are migrating abroad. Basically, Greece cannot take these people in.
Something has got to give. We cannot tolerate this wanton loss of life.
The company's concern is that the process must be quick because the delays and long-lasting procedures affect the everyday business of the company.
We want peace, we are not looking for a fight or for trouble in the Aegean, but there won't be an aircraft which will not be intercepted.
It was my obligation to be there … I won't ask for anyone's permission.
Greece is trying to take advantage of Kardak and similar rocky areas. Greece will not be permitted to open new areas here.
We have prepared the ground for 200 kilometers out of a total of 550 kilometers that the Greek section will run. We are on track.
Germany as the strong area with the big surplus has to share that money more willingly with Greece, Spain, Italy and Portugal, otherwise they will have a series of crises and in the end they undermine the very customer base for Germany industry that has driven that surplus in the first place.
Leveraging the latest digital and technology capabilities is one of OPAP's stated strategic priorities within our 2020 vision.
Without large debt relief, Greece will be unable to issue new debt any time soon. Another programme would thus be needed.
And now, when Greek economy is finally recovering and we actually expect strong economic growth, I think it would be very unhelpful to fall back into financial instability and some unproductive discussions regarding the Greek programme.
It's obvious that any delays in the review will also impact the fund's revenue collection. Therefore, we may see possible revenues being rolled over to the coming years. Once the review is concluded, the whole sentiment for Greece will change. We will proceed step by step, solving competition issues first.
We demand that the eight soldiers be tried again. This is a political decision, Greece is protecting and hosting coup plotters. We are evaluating what we can do. There is a migration deal we signed, including a readmission deal with Greece, and we are evaluating what we can do, including the cancellation of the readmission deal with Greece.
If Greece and its European partners decide on a higher primary surplus (target) for a temporary period, we would need to evaluate the policies that could credibly support that target.
A further delay in the (review) negotiations ... beyond the first quarter, must be avoided since it could put the 2016 positive momentum at risk.
Greece has substantially outperformed on last year's fiscal targets, is going to meet this year's targets and we need to finalize the work on outstanding measures in 2018.
We have categorically stated that there is no case for legislating even a euro's worth of additional measures beyond those outlined in the (bailout) agreement, and particularly not for the post-programme period. Any demand to legislate additional measures, with an element of conditionality, is not only alien to the Greek constitution, but to the rules of democracy.
A necessary precondition for economic recovery is primarily the completion of the second review and determined implementation of the structural reforms outlined in the new (bailout) programme. At the same time, special emphasis should be given to removing obstacles to privatisations that have already been agreed and the further promotion of the privatisation programme and utilisation of public assets.
We shouldn't forget that right now 60 thousand people are stranded in Greece all along the so called Balkans route and their relocation does not work. we are confronted with very objective problems and this is what we take into consideration when we make a decision and we propose what we proposed today.
What would be the purpose of elections now? I'm not even sure New Democracy really means it, it makes the call because it is obliged to.
We will get there and Turkey has to show its real intentions. Does it want a solution as we do or it wants a cover of legacy for its illegal actions?
Well, the moment Greek side entered the talks Anastasiadis was already carrying in his hand this rejection letter. As we understand, before even seeing our map proposal he prepared his rejection to it. Therefore nobody should expect dramatical changes on our map.
Mr. Akıncı, how do you evaluate Greece's position during the talks? And the fact they asked for more time? It seemed as if before the conference things were moving faster. Do you believe if Cypriots alone took part it would be easier and faster to find solutions?
Britain could easily drop out from being a guarantor but there's no way it will give up its bases. They're making a poor contribution to our efforts. The EU is not that different. Their interest comes from Greek Cyprus being an EU member. The EU is just an observer and will stay that way as far as we can see.The real concerned parties are the two people living in the island.
If (the IMF) was to decide for some reason to stop participating, the Europeans could have the idea ... (for) a solution of their own within the European currency system.
There is positive momentum, all parties are looking for a solution and not many are looking to create problem.
The fact that we have got this far is a real tribute to the courage and the determination of the leaders of the Greek Cypriot community and Turkish Cypriot community. ...The most important thing clearly is that both communities should feel secure about their futures and that is what the British government is here to help with.
Continuing the security and guarantor arrangements, which have been the basis of security and stability on the island for the last 43 years, is a necessity given the situation in the region. We are expecting this issue to be evaluated with an understanding in line with the realities on the island.
In the next three to six months maximum we will bring in a financial partner ... that will work with us to share the risk and help us develop the project.
We are going to be a totally independent system.
We are worried about the health of these vulnerable people, which is why we transferred some of them to buildings and why we call on the authorities to speed up registration so that more people can be moved to the mainland.
We are really worried because people are so exposed and vulnerable to the elements and vulnerable to tensions and violence because of the overcrowding and because of the unacceptable slowness of registration and because of the lack of European solidarity when it comes to relocating asylum seekers out of Greece.
If you are a person who has been forced to flee and who has lost everything it must be terrible if you end up sleeping on the floor in a flimsy tent with snow and wind making temperatures plummet under freezing. It is really harsh and living conditions for people in these camps are worse than normal, and normal is already unacceptably low.
I wouldn't be able to speculate why they [the authorisations] haven't been received, the fact remains it is the stumbling block to moving people out of the warehousing.
If France were to change gear and become more inclined to move forward into reforming its economy I think that will force the likes of Italy, Portugal, Greece to do the same.
Of course, ensuring adequate reception conditions and managing the refugee centers in Greece is a responsibility first and foremost of the Greek authorities. We can no more dictate policy in Greece than we can in any other member state.
Some people there are facing hardship.
It's very, very cold. We can't survive at night.
Even with recent efforts to improve matters, conditions at many sites on the islands remain very poor. The need for better protection will become all the more acute this weekend when temperatures on the islands are expected to drop. We are worried.
I've dived for the past three years and finally this year I got it – of course with the young man here – and I think we are very pleased, both of us.
These poor kids, these poor families who are suffering – it's unacceptable in our day and age. They are people like everyone else. We all have our religion. Today, if everyone reached out to each other, well, there might be less wars, less misery in the world.
I will start to love life another time. Because sometimes (in the) last two years, I thought it will be very difficult to stay alive.
France is after all a country of hosts, a country of reception, a welcoming country. And it's not enough to say it; we had to do it.
It's difficult. We lost many things. I want to start a new life. Now, I think we have a chance.
At first everybody thought – not only me – that it will finish tomorrow, the day after tomorrow.
It's very, very good, we see them pass by, there are no worries on that account, everything is going well.
It has been public that from a business point of view we would have liked to keep the insurance company. However, it's part of our restructuring and we will be focused on performing on our commitments. There is a process going on and we are at its early stages. I cannot comment on which countries, but there is still future on divestment plans.
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.
Once these parties … get into power, they are in a way, if you like, confronted with the reality of running a country.
Greece again will have a difficult year ahead because we will have further negotiations with other euro zone countries. The big elephant in the room remains the issue of debt relief with Germany very unlikely, I would say, to make concessions in an election year.
We're following some leads, but not that one. If it had been (a kidnapping), those who took him would have made contact by now.
2016 saw the EU foundations severely shaken. What stands out is the overwhelming view from EU citizens that their countries are heading in the wrong direction – most noticeable in France and Greece – which makes fertile ground for right-wing populist parties.
Apparently it's a well-known phenomenon, but Olympic gold medalists usually only lose the plot for a month or so. My bender (drinking) after winning three medals, including my first gold, in Athens in August 2004 lasted a good eight or nine months and I wasn't quite right for at least a year . . . For a while my life threatened to spiral out of control.
This again confirms that we continue to work constructively together towards a sustainable financial and economic future for Greece.
I'm happy to conclude that we have cleared the way … to go ahead with the decision-making procedures for the short-term debt measures, which will be conducted in January.
I'm happy to conclude that we have cleared the way ... to go ahead with the decision-making procedures for the short term debt measures, which will be conducted in January.
We are waiting for you to reach an understanding. But at the same time, don't ask for things you know cannot be done in an economy carrying the wounds created by your own mistakes.
The four loan agreements signed today with the four systemic banks in Greece bear particular significance as they contribute, and with a sizable amount, towards one of EIB's top priorities, namely the improvement of access to finance for SMEs, which are the backbone of the country's economy.
A victory like this is always good for people in order to recover their self-esteem. It happens in the case of football as it happened during the Olympic Games, here in Greece. It helps people with their self confidence. It makes them believe in the future, especially during moments of crisis like these. Because when things are ok, time flies, but when things get tough people need to believe.
Our two peoples have a lot of strength, a lot of history and they will overcome this crisis.
I'm convinced (the review) will be concluded positively, it will be concluded promptly and, most importantly, it will be concluded without new measures after the programme expires (and) without the excessive demands some are putting on the table.
We want to heal the wounds of the crisis and help those who have made great sacrifices.
We are trying to support Greece. ... We want a fair distribution of refugees throughout Europe.
We support a fair and viable solution without guarantees, without occupation troops and without fear for the citizens of Cyprus.
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.
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.
The Greek Prime Minister's view will play a role in our talks. our talks were not always easy, but our they were always honest and sincere with the goal of obtaining results.
Our vision is that growth not only affects statistics and figures but that it heals wounds of the crisis and helps all those who made enormous sacrifices in the name of Europe and in the name of European stability.
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.
To make the aid programme a success, it's essential that measures are not decided unilaterally or are not taken back without advance notice.
The projections for the Greek economy are extremely positive for next year.
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.
They are handing out crumbs compared to what they stole from us.
We are living in misery and we won't tolerate being fooled any more.
We made huge efforts, we overcame many difficulties to come to this historic moment. IPTO (Independent Power Transmission Operator) is an outstanding company ... and we believe that, with our participation, it can make further progress in the future.
We think that State Grid's holding in ADMIE is a guarantee and creates new prospects so that these projects are completed successfully.
[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.
(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.
This new spat between Greece and its euro zone partners means that the conclusion of the second review will be further delayed.
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.
(Greek) people have to see that sacrifices of now six, seven years are at last starting to pay off. If the unemployed, pensioners do not see that they have a role, a part in the growth after the crisis, then this Europe is in very, very serious trouble.
I don't think this is a big issue. We have bigger fish to fry.
We want our pensions restored to their previous level.
There has been volatility but in terms of performance this year, it's been fantastic if you've had the appetite for Greece.
One reason why we went more underweight on Portuguese debt was the idea that Portugal would not be as fiscally responsible as some had hoped a year ago -- especially when you compare it to other countries such as their neighbor Spain.
This is just a way for the ESM and the Troika to make sure the Greeks comply with everything they have to do.
Everything the Greek government does is within the framework of the agreement with the institutions. Both Greece and its lenders have to adhere to what has been agreed.
This is just a way for the ESM and the Troika to make sure the Greeks comply with everything they have to do. All-in-all it is not that big and I'm not worried about the fate of Greek government bonds. I still think they will be one of the best-performing bonds next year.
When we exceed targets and revenue by sticking to the programme, we will not seek anyone's permission to give this money to those who need it most.
We await a full report of the institutions in January.
The news has added to some pressure on Greek government bonds but I would see this as part of the ongoing negotiations between Greece and its creditors. At the end of the day, we will see short-term debt relief measures.
Greece has already implemented major reforms under the ESM programme and is on track to reach the agreed fiscal targets. It is important that all institutions recognise these achievements of the Greek programme.
The European institutions consider that the policies of the ESM programme are sound and if fully implemented can return Greece to sustainable growth and can allow Greece to regain market access.
If the public does not see the benefits of the reforms, they will ultimately not be successful.
Greece has already implemented major reforms under the ESM program and is on track to reach the agreed fiscal targets. It is important that all institutions recognize these achievements of the Greek program.
We're moving towards the third consecutive year in which the government will achieve its goals. The goal of a surplus of 1.75 percent of GDP, which is part of the financial assistance agreement for 2017, is expected to be overachieved as well. The primary surplus is expected to reach two percent.
Mayors have already stood up to say that the climate change is one of the greatest challenges we face. Today, we also stand up to say we no longer tolerate air pollution and the health problems and deaths it causes – particularly for our most vulnerable citizens. Big problems like air pollution require bold action, and we call on car and bus manufacturers to join us.
I have been here the last 5 years, I came for the first time to eat, and now I do here everything, all the chores. I live in a guest house of the municipality of Athens, I lost my parents, so I am here helping and I like what I do.
We always try to tell them that there is hope, hope never dies as they say. Because this is what they say, that they have no hope. But it is not true.
Greece, through its people's sacrifices, has carried and still carries the weight of Europe on the migration and on the financial crisis front. It's time for Europe to recognise this in practice.
This (system) only applies to certain categories of migrants: Vulnerable applicants and unaccompanied minors will not be returned to Greece.
Asylum seekers need to know that they cannot relocate theme-selves. And if they do so they will be sent back. Relocation and resettlement should and will be the ways for them to use in order to reach safety.
Steady to our commitment to support the weak, we decided to immediately distribute most of our outperformance in 2016 revenues to low income pensioners.
Turkey will also be present along with the other two guarantor states, which is why we believe that Greece and Turkey play an important role. They are the closest to the two communities in Cyprus. Great Britain will also be a Guarantor State. We hope to find a solution that will be acceptable to all parties.
Our wish is the immediate extradition of these people to Turkey.
They must stop insisting on continuing a policy of extreme austerity which has been proven destructive for society and also economically ineffective.
It is absolutely impossible to maintain a primary surplus of 3.5% after 2018 if we are not to drown the Greek economy.
The past three years have shown our commitment to both Greece and to the Astir peninsula and we continue to have this commitment stronger than ever. The redevelopment plan aims to elevate the peninsula to a first-class tourist destination with an investment of over 600 million euros.
In our view, the deal is not sufficient to bring Greek public debt on a sustainable footing but political uncertainty might mean the ECB is inclined to include Greek debt (after) a successful second review. The bigger picture though is the IMF, it is crucial for Greece. I mean, maintaining political support from Germany and Netherlands is so important with elections coming up next year in both countries.
The government will continue its effort for a comprehensive deal, if possible by the end of the year.
These must be lowered to give the Greek economy a chance to breathe.
We have the objective to reach a deal between Greece and EU institutions before the end of the year.
We have adopted today the plan to reduce Greek debt in the short-term.
As Greece sticks to its agreements, Europe must also stick to the agreements it made with Greece.
Greece needs debt sustainability along with a more realistic final fiscal target after the end of the current program. These two require some mild measures of debt relief.
These are important measures, measures which will have a positive effect on Greece. I think we will have an agreement on these measures.
Athens must finally implement the needed reforms. If Greece wants to stay in the euro, there is no way around it – in fact completely regardless of the debt level. That would not help Greece.
We've made clear that there is no chance we'll accept what the IMF demands on (austerity) measures and labour reforms.
Everyone realizes that Europe cannot stand a rekindling of the Greek crisis, when there are issues with Italy and amid a pre-election period in many European countries. The general uncertainty which prevails in Europe - which is both political and financial - creates ... a momentum for a comprehensive and permanent solution for the Greek issue.
It's not enough to make the numbers add up, the dates must also fit. This must be secured at Monday's Eurogroup meeting. Greece has once again become a field where wider interests clash.
The only source of uncertainty are the questions that arise from the IMF stance and some countries' obsession with its participation in the programme.
The only possible option on Monday is to make and pave the way for decisions that will bring the achievement of our jointly agreed target closer.
There is the famous danger of contagion. Should Italy be in trouble, for example because elections are required, there is a virus that could also affect other countries: Greece, Portugal, Spain and even France. Yields for government stocks are going up and bank risks are increasing again. There will be a renewed call on one institution to save everything: the ECB.
We have linked executive remuneration in the past to energy intensity and next year we are going to make it even more specific to the CO2 footprint metrics associated with these energy efficiencies.
The quality of the air that we breathe in our cities is directly linked to tackling climate change. As we reduce the greenhouse gas emissions generated in our cities, our air will become cleaner and our children, our grandparents and our neighbours will be healthier.
We want to live in dignity. It's the obligation of the government and European institutions to stop us from being further isolated, impoverished and discriminated against.
As far as NPEs are concerned, we made a significant step to articulate our ambition to reduce the stock in the medium term through operational targets agreed with (the ECB's) Single Supervisory Mechanism.
We are not considering a fourth programme. We are in the third programme and three is a lot. What we would like is that programme to be a success so that there is an exit from the programme. That is clearly our target.
It will be the first ever hydrocarbon production programme in the west of the country and a major boost to the economy following the challenges of the last few years.
Despite the positive projections ... serious risks remain. The main risk would be the eventuality of failing to reach agreement on the second bailout review and any delays in implementing the programme or backtracking.
Greece cannot stand any more austerity after 2018.
We need to be realistic.
To bring the programme to a successful conclusion and to restore market access for the sovereign on a lasting basis, it is above all essential that the Greek authorities continue to show a serious commitment to the goals and measures taken under the programme.
What I hope is that, trying to find a compromise and in the spirit of progress for Greece and for the eurozone, we can reach a staff level agreement before the end of this week so that we can have a successful Eurogroup on December 5, opening the way to what I am looking for – a package deal, a global agreement.
The Greek government has been resting its hopes on debt relief that could come about after hard political bargaining with its lenders. But even if they get it, the benefits will be little felt by the Greek people who will continue to live in austerity.
Some countries say that Greece's biggest issue is not its debt but competitiveness. If Greece's problem is competitiveness, I can't think of a better measure than reducing its surpluses.
That would be the ideal solution. But, it is not that easy as there are bigger questions here. Does everyone bump up accordingly or will this fall on the stronger economies? Greece, Italy and Eastern European countries would likely look to Germany to shoulder the burden which, if Germany agreed, could then be used as a political tool.
It's far, far too early.
Monetary policy will continue to be accommodating until inflation arrives to a desirable level, which is 2 percent or slightly lower. It's still a long distance from this target. It's far, far too early.
The overall deployment of legally licenced VLTs is a brand new development for both OPAP and the Greek market, so we will be analysing our performance carefully as we go along.
We want the government to do a true redistribution of wealth and, at long last, tax the wealthy. Not just pass the burden of the crisis onto the poor.
Our government received a mandate to pull the country out of the crisis, with society standing upright, smashing this vicious circle of austerity ... to restore the wounded democracy in our country during the era of bailouts.
In the almost-thirty hours Obama stayed in Athens, he repeatedly declared his support for the crucial issues concerning Greece.
We cannot simply look to austerity as a strategy. Our argument has always been that when the economy contracted this fast, when unemployment is this high, that there also has to be a growth agenda to go with it and it is very difficult to imagine the kind of growth strategy that's needed without some debt relief mechanism.
It is important that we don't have any single country bear the entire burden of these challenges.
I am certain that your successor, the new president of the United States, Mr. Trump, will continue on the same path.
It is a great honor that you are visiting Greece during your final Europe tour to give a special message to the world.
Greece has done this even during difficult economic times. If Greece can meet this NATO commitment, all our NATO allies should be able to do so.
Around 40 percent of all the consultations are for children, half of them are under the age of 5 years. So you can see the challenges they are facing. Of course, they have access to primary health care, but the problem remains regarding secondary health care.
For all European countries at least to ensure a complete access to full universal health coverage, for anybody living in the countries. That would be saving a lot of money, a lot of pain and a lot of sufferance.
Greece has gone through very challenging and dramatic times over the last several years. It has been the policy of my administration to do everything we can to work with the Greek government and the Greek people to restore growth, optimism, to alleviate hardship.
I'm certain that his successor Donald Trump will continue on the same path of cooperation.
Time will now tell whether the prescriptions that are being offered, whether Brexit or with respect to the U.S. election, ends up actually satisfying those people who have been fearful or angry or concerned.
I am a strong believer that to make reforms sustainable, people need hope.
Let me point out that it was one thing that we knew about Donald Trump when he was seeking to become the candidate for the Republican Party, another thing during the election period, and now that he is the President-elect, and it's quite another when he will be the president of a country that is a major player, a global player.
The more aggressively and effectively we deal with those issues, the less those fears may channel themselves into counterproductive approaches that can pit people against each other.
I've been clear from the beginning of this crisis that in order to make reforms sustainable, the Greek economy needs the space to return to growth and start creating jobs again. We cannot simply look to austerity as a strategy.
I know this has been a painful and difficult time, especially for Greek workers and families, pensioners and young people. This crisis is not an abstraction, but has had a very concrete and devastating impact on the lives and livelihoods of millions of people across this country.
We want Obama to come and see us here, how we are living like prisoners. He is the reason we are here, because of his army's war. We want him to come and see the filth we are living in.
We are glad to see that progress is being made, although we recognise that there are significant challenges ahead, and we intend to stand shoulder to shoulder with the Greek people throughout this process.
We consider this visit will contribute to the effort to reduce Greece's debt. The U.S. president has repeatedly stated he wants to solve this huge issue before he leaves office.
President Obama must use his visit to shine the spotlight not only on abysmal conditions for the tens of thousands of refugees stranded in Greece, but also on the failure of world leaders to adequately address the wider global refugee crisis.
The flash readings were above forecasts of around 0.2 percent, showing that the economy did not rely just on tourism but was helped by domestic demand and improved liquidity in the corporate sector amid clearance of arrears.
Hopefully, we'll all get there and have a massive party when we arrive.
By the end of the year, international arrivals are expected to exceed 27 million, including cruise arrivals, which is a new high record for Greece.
It's something we have had to absorb.
The negotiation can and will be concluded on time, for us to have positive decisions at the Eurogroup on Dec. 5. In other words, to begin talks for specific short-term, mid-term and long-term measures for Greek debt relief.
In other words, to begin talks for specific short-term, mid-term and long-term measures for Greek debt relief.
Prime Minister Tsipras made the decision to shake up his cabinet in order to boost the flagging popularity of the ruling SYRIZA party.
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.
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.
For Greece and its citizens, there are no prospects by this dangerous government.
This life is very difficult, but in Syria it's also difficult. I ran away from that war. Only I want to go out from the war to (a) safe place. Only. I don't want. Only this. Because when I'm pregnant, I ran away.
In Syria you couldn't bring everything. I hope when she grows up her studies and education, it will be good. That's like all mothers. I hope nothing will be missing from her life.
We've assisted five countries during the crisis: Greece, Ireland, Portugal, Spain and Cyprus. Four of these are now success stories.
The ESM has a mandate to look at short-term measures, which we do, and we will make proposals before the end of the year.
I expect that Greece can also begin to return to markets next year, if it continues to reform. Greece remains a work in progress.
There is quite a lot of agreement. We will not have a precise agreement on what to do in mid-2018, but on the short- term measures we will probably have decisions later this year.
If Greece and its partners want to pursue a more ambitious target, we would need to see the reforms that make it add up.
The positive conclusion of the Astir sale ... is an excellent example of a constructive and productive cooperation between all state institutions and the private sector, opening the way for the country's growth.
I think it's important to understand that the NATO presence in the Aegean Sea adds value because it is a platform for enhanced cooperation between a non-EU NATO ally, Turkey, with Greece and improved cooperation between Turkey and the European Union.
Nothing will block the government's determination to bring order... to the broadcasting landscape.
We are at the stage where bids are being assessed. I think that towards the end of the week, at the latest the beginning of next week, we will have very good news to announce.
The recovery of Greece's economy depends on investment.
SMEs are the backbone of Greece's economy, we are helping their access to funding so that they can create jobs.
It was not time to decide on QE inclusion (for Greece). The new debt sustainability analysis to come will take into account these (debt relief) measures. There will be analysis and it will be an important input for the assessment by the ECB governing council.
We are proceeding with everything that has been agreed but it takes two to tango.
This is the time, as we have complied with our obligations, for our partners to do their part. There are no excuses; no local or national elections should delay solutions that we have already agreed.
They don't understand that Greece's problem isn't its debt level but Greece's problem is its lack in competitiveness and its inability to build up [functioning] administration. Everybody pretends as if some kind of debt relief would make anything at all better in Greece. The only thing that would change is trampling even more all over any willingness to tackle a couple of reforms.
It would be a disaster. That won't happen.
We are almost certain that this year will close with a positive growth rate after many years, a small but positive growth rate.
As we abide by the accord, we expect the same thing from our partners. No delays, no foot dragging, no postponement will be tolerated.
Since the birth of democracy in ancient Greece, modern politics has been, in essence, a competitive game. Games are often considered a less serious social activity; however, elections are some of our nation's most important political decisions and are very much game-like: we follow the scores or polls, and we root for our teams.
Perhaps, HillaryDonald Go can inject some lighthearted competition into this election season, lessen the acrimony and allow us to take a brief break from the tensions of the campaign.
We really need reinforcement in terms of budget and staff and we really want and really ask all the member states, because what we're doing here, it's crucial for Europe getting prepared and getting ready for something that might happen very soon.
We know there are already cyber criminal attacks. When you see than banking accounts are stolen, that other private data are stolen, what we have seen in the press. We have seen other attacks on tax, or even political attacks in Estonia or Georgia, eight to 10 years ago. So, what we are doing here is to prepare Europe in order to defend ourselves.
All remaining milestones have been completed.
We could do it earlier but there is no need to do it earlier.
If we have the second review completed, then before the end of the year it would mean the Greeks have met their responsibilities and the euro zone must also take their responsibilities and be available for a discussion on debt.
This should normally open the way to the disbursement of the remaining 2.8 billion euros. As often in the Greek issue, things are done a bit at the last minute, but they are done.
We have not changed our mind on this. This discussion we will have in the coming months.
We are enraged by the fact that some people have decided to drop 6,000 people in Lesbos, 3,000 in Samos, 3,000 in Chios and leave them there. This is no warehouse of souls, and nobody has the right to turn Greece and Lesbos into one. We, be it the locals or the local government, will never let this happen.
Yes, I do. As time goes on, it will become clear that unless Germany and the Troika relent, unless there is a debt restructuring, that even the IMF says is absolutely necessary, unless there are these changes in the policy framework, then I think that the only course forward is for Greece to go another way.
The end of October is the deadline, when the taskforce should come up with a proposal which should give us clarity about the possibilities for Bulgaria's participation. We have declared readiness to participate as an investor, as a shareholder with up to a 25 percent stake.
This is a milestone in developing and boosting Greece's capital market. The EBRD is delighted to have been able to support this issue as it provides a much-needed signal to the market that confidence is returning.
If this change is not adopted, fiscal collapse and the insolvency of public accounts are inevitable. Brazil could repeat the tragedy of Greece.
Our short term goal is to increase it up to 1.5 million, and 3 million in the longer term.
The movement of cruise passengers is around 1.1 million a year at present. Our short term goal is to increase it up to 1.5 million, and 3 million in the longer term.
We are ready to win the election and we are ready to govern.
We have to point out that Greece, back in 2014, was actually in the process of coming out of a very steep recession. As a result of the policies of the current government, we basically lost two years. We have had a recession in 2015, a recession in 2016 and we hope that we will have a mild recovery in 2017.
The problem is that this government is implementing the wrong policies; is implementing the wrong fiscal mix; is overtaxing the productive economy and has not engaged in meaningful structural reforms that will attract foreign investment. So as much as I would like to believe that the economy is going to recover I have serious doubts that it will happen with these types of policies.
(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.
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.
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.
This isn't Lehman, this isn't 2011 with Greece and some of the other euro issues. We've had a lot of cleanup since then. I think a lot of Deutsche Bank's challenges have been extremely well-publicized in the media … so the shock value isn't there.
If you read the third MOU (the Memorandum of Understanding, the bailout contract) between Greece and its creditors, which was passed in parliament in the August of 2015, it's very clear: 'The Greek authorities commit to agreeing with institutions' (it says). I can assure you that if you were going to sign a contract like that with me you would become my slave.
The Greek authorities have committed to agreeing with (lending) institutions. I can assure you that if you were going to sign a contract like that with me you would become my slave.
It's game over. And either we reboot the program, we tear it up and start afresh, or only by a miracle, of biblical proportions, can change be effective.
(Former prime ministers) all promised that within six months just around the corner we have a recovery coming, (but) It is impossible to have a recovery coming when tax rates keep going up.
By the end of the year we anticipate positive news on this front.
My policy is that at the end of the day we have to have at least two of these pipes in order to have more than one option.
What transpired as a very significant issue in these talks is the ability of Greece to become a gateway of natural gas of the eastern Mediterranean to Europe.
...It seems the East Med basin might become the next big thing in natural gas.
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.
From there on, for sure the targets of the program and the numbers they had said a year ago are not being fulfilled at this time.
If from our part, as Europe, we don't honor our commitments, if we don't implement a difficult agreement, then we will once again be faced by major deadlocks.
All have agreed, that the EU-Turkey refugee deal and its implementation are essential. For this to happen, it is necessary to sit down with Turkey and discuss the final conditions, which have not yet been fulfilled. But, it is also necessary, for Greece, in particular, to enforce the implementation of the one-in-one-out system, to send back migrants who arrive illegally.
I play everything, I play every kind of sound that is dance music except maybe really cheesy EDM (electronic dance music) stuff, but, you know, house, techno, electro… I play everything.
I play samples where I mix non-stop electronic beats and beautiful, sweet melodies.
For five days, the heart of Thessaloniki beat to great electronic music from around the world. All the gigs and DJ sets were sold out days before the opening, in a sign that Reworks is blossoming into one of the most important electronic music events in the world.
I like playing dance music that has a bit of emotion, something you can feel while you're dancing.
This year's at Reworks we have Reworks Agora. It is a new, very ambitious project, a platform for forums, discussions, screenings and concerts. We've also joined the 'We are Europe' programme. It's a very diverse project, that brings together eight major European festivals. It is a great honour for us to be part of this important initiative.
Barroso has already undermined the image and the credibility of the commission by announcing that he will work for Goldman Sachs, the bank which helped Greece to conceal its public accounts.
We have the impression that the decision has been predetermined, and that the interview was conducted just as a formality.
Many of these children came from their countries on foot, they have crossed the desert, they have walked through mountains, they travelled by sea. All these children have either witnessed violence or have been victims of violence, so you can understand the great trauma they bring with them. When they arrive here they are damaged and it is very important to offer them a therapeutic, healthy and joyful environment.
Not having their parents, they are automatically in a situation of higher risk. They are very much exposed to possible exploitations and possible situation of continuing violence and need protection, they need all the system of assistance and support and plans for supporting their future, which are demanding, complex and of highest priority, compared to other populations and groups that might be vulnerable.
In Greece today, the challenge of humane and affective refugee and migration management is tested. If we, the international community, fail in supporting this effort not only the social, but also the political repercussions will be felt, not only in Greece but anywhere.
All these children in Greece are facing a very challenging situation. They are what we have called 'the lost generation.'.
It's a very simple, basic right. They have a right to education.
From Europe's side there is an obligation that must be accelerated. Because what is this (EU-Turkey) agreement? We halt the illegal flows but we create legitimate flows. Which are the legitimate flows? It is the resettlement from Greece and the relocation directly from Turkey…and unfortunately from the 33,000 (reallocations and resettlements) promised by the EU in 2016 only 3,000 have taken place.
At this moment, the drivers are still idle.
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.
There are serious concerns regarding the sustainability of Greek debt and it is in the interest not only of the Greeks but of the whole euro zone to find a lasting solution.
One could have wished to see more progress than we have? but what I state is that we have seen in recent days an intensification of efforts by the Greek authorities.
Today is September 9, so there is still time for Greece.
It's not new that, with Greece, we see the implementation of the measures that have been agreed towards the final phase of the agreed time frame.
The summer is over. Pack up the camping gear, get back to work.
All countries should strive for a more growth-friendly composition of fiscal policies.
The pressure is back on, it really needs progress.
Syriza's loss in popularity is causing the government to delay reform; the bailout's second review will now only be concluded late this year or more likely early next. Syriza's bad behavior is convenient for creditors, postponing their need to come to an agreement over debt relief.
Summer is over. We really need to restart and pick up on the time lost. And the Greek minister, our Greek colleague, was I think convinced there was a joint interest for all of us to keep this on track. It has very much to do with trust, trust of course between us, trust in the IMF… but also trust from the outside world in Greece and the Greek economy.
We will talk of course … informally, but all the more intensively, about how to strengthen Europe after the British decision.
For the Brexit process, it really is up to the British to make up their minds, in terms of when to start and how to get it on the road. I think, in the end, it will be the British economy that is damaged most, which I don't hope for but, I mean, this is my concern.
This summit, this initiative, it is a positive step on the dialogue on the future of Europe. We're not and we don't wish to become one more little group, one more initiative which aims to divide and bring conflict in Europe.
We expect binding bids by the end of October. We have now companies that have not participated in the first phase of market test willing to place bids.
This auction is a parody. The government wants to control information ... and secondly it wants to create a system of corruption that can be controlled.
We were not contesting a license, we came to negotiate ransom.
I hope next time I'll be an athlete of the Greek Team. That's my hope. Here (on his upper arm) I have a tattoo of the Greek flag. You know, I like Greece very much. I have Greece in my heart.
After 27 years, an auction conducted in a fully legal and transparent way will bring order to a TV landscape with a key role in forming political life in this country for years.
The government's decision to reduce the number of private broadcasting networks to just four is a way in fact to close down private channels that are not friendly to the government.
Despite the revision, the figures are in line with expectations for a recovery in the second half of the year, unless there is a further slump in private consumption.
This work on the preliminary registration gives us the ability to move forward with the programmes being developed by the Education Ministry for the children at the camps, for the children of the refugees. It also gives us the ability to change regulations – we will see how this can be accomplished – to give these people the right to work.
We are constantly looking for space to provide shelter to unaccompanied minors. Our needs are urgent.
We are talking about new investments in Italy that we are making by revisiting our programmes in Greece, Poland and Spain.
We would like the EU immediately to step up its resources for the Greek authorities.
The number of arrivals in Greece (have) doubled since the start of the summer and this is particularly worrying because we see already overstretched facilities, really stretched to a breaking point on the islands of Chios and Samos and Lesbos, where we are operating. This just means that the children and their parents are already in unbearable conditions, but are going to be even under increased pressure.
The negative part combines the last-minute preparedness of Athens 2004 with the incompetence of the organizers of Atlanta 1996 – the worst of the two.
One-hundred-and-sixty-two soldiers are at large, including three military attaches. We are searching for them. Three military attaches are abroad. One of them is the military attaché in Bosnia Herzegovina. The other two are the military attaches in Greece. We know that they went to Italy.
The right to euthanasia, the right of everyone to choose the death he wants I think is the most fundamental individual right. I think everyone has a right to experience a dignified death. Not forced to become a wired-up piece of meat, unrecognisable to their own family, in a hospital bed.
One explanation is the issue of religion, as Christianity puts forward great resistance. All the authorities refuse to accept that people have the right to choose their own death.
By outsourcing the responsibility to Turkey and to Greece, European governments are basically saying 'we have solved the crisis because we don't see it, and we can't smell it and we can't hear it. The crisis is as big as ever, and as yet unsolved by governments.
Greece isn't the only country trying to regulate private rental tourist accommodation. In Italy, hotel owners are calling for appropriate taxes so there can be fair competition. In Spain, the authorities have set up a special website where people can report apartments being rented without a licence and without tax being paid.
This is hurting the state, it hurts public revenue, it hurts jobs, it hurts competition, it creates an unfair business environment, it threatens the viability of Greek tourism businesses.
We will ensure that properties are registered. Anyone posting on internet sites that they have property for rent will have to have registered it first. This is just part of the government action we're taking to fight tax evasion, illegal trading and corruption.
Migrants and refugees have needs that can only be met through growth. I suggest that we improve coordination among our competent authorities, with a view to having cross-border programs proposed, approved and implemented. To work towards specific regional and broader, even global, cooperation.
That's illegal according to the capital control rules, The PoS should be connected only with Greek banks.
The German government continues to assume that Turkey will continue to fulfill the agreements concluded with the EU.
For Sydney, I just wanted to make the team. For Athens, I wanted to win gold for my country. For Beijing, I wanted to do something nobody else had done (breaking Mark Spitz's record with eight gold medals). In London, I wanted to make history.
So far, Turkey has not shown that it is not honoring the agreement. On some days we have 100 arrivals. On others, we have none at all. So no pattern has emerged.
It does not have the grandiosity of Beijing, the huge special effects of Athens, the eccentricity and technological skills of London. It is an analogue opening ceremony.
All European banks are, to varying degrees, exposed to income and profitability pressures for a longer period.
People connect terrorist attacks to the refugee influx, but it is wrong to do so. Take Greece for example, which has one of the highest numbers of refugees but is at a low risk of international terrorism.
First of all, I am South African. So I grew up under the regime of Apartheid for the first 25 years of my life.
"First of all, I am South African. So I grew up under the regime of Apartheid for the first 25 years of my life,"
Macbeth tells the story of a man who becomes a tyrant in his country and for power, ambition, greed, he doesn't mind. He kills anybody. For me there is a little of echoing on the Congo as well, where opportunism, self interest are what dominate. Tens of milllions of people are dying and that's why I want to make this connection.
This conflict is driven by multinational corporations who are entering the region to get access to these minerals. We are depending on these minerals in these region for our digital media, our cameras, our cell phones, our laptop computers. So we are somehow complicit in what is going on over there.
It also proves our decision to remain in the eurozone was the right one. Our government managed to stabilise the economy taking harsh but necessary decisions. Now we need solidarity more than ever.
I would hope (the recent regional upheaval) would change the climate in which discussions of debt relief happen, just because it's the right thing to do on its own, and at a time when Greece is in a position of geopolitical significance, that's a good time to reinforce their fiscal future.
The Athens visit of the US Treasure Secretary is anything but ceremonial. With Turkey in deep political crisis at the eastern border and Italy on the verge of a banking crisis to the west, Greece is expected to be a pillar of political and economic stability in the wider region.
The fact that we are sitting here now in July and the world is not worried about an immediate crisis in Greece is a good thing. But it does not mean that the issue is once and for all resolved and that is what the discussion in the coming months I think will need to be about.
Afterward, the government will see what action to take for something which is not acceptable.
It is time for normality, it is time for stability, it is time for implementation and it is time for investment. That doesn't mean that everything is done. We still have a way to go and there are discussions taking place and the need to complete some milestones for the first review and also to discuss the so-called second review.
And the result Bruno, is that Greece beat you in Lisbon and deprived you of a coronation as you stretched out your arms. So here in France we want to avoid that scenario. That would be a disaster after beating Germany, our nemesis, in the semi, only to lose to Portugal in the final. We are reassured that les Bleus have won the last two competitions held at home, Euro '84 and the '98 World Cup, I see a hat trick and France to win the final 2-1.
We'll have a problem this year. Foreigner visitors tell us clearly that they don't want to see refugees wandering around, from beach to beach and from port to port. The Austrians, the Germans, the Swedish are already facing that a lot in their countries.
There wasn't a single person staying in my hotel yesterday. It is empty. I didn't have a single customer. Not a single one. Tell me, how can I make it? Only August is left, let's say I have business for 15 or even 25 days. How can the hotel make it? How can my business cover the expenses for the whole year? It's not possible! Do the maths, they show we're heading for a shutdown.
If someone is looking for a job, or wants to start their own business, tourism is one of the very few sectors that give hope of survival in Greece. How well things go this year is not just crucial for the recovery of the economy, but it will also determine how much Greek entrepreneurship can endure, faced with so many challenges.
I must say that I was shocked. It is a day of grief for me today, really a bad day. My first thought was for my daughter, because I thought that we will leave to her a worse world.
Yes, in effect Greece has for several years provided a mirror for the Spanish because, in part, what happened there happened here, but months or years later. It is very possible that a future government tries to take on the EU but will be forced to accept the rules, at least in the short term. One day perhaps other governments angry with Brussels can form a majority within the EU but that's not going to happen tomorrow. So it is highly probable that anyone's election promises will melt like snow countermanded by orders from Brussels.
There are particular things that we learned from the texts, about the way the people could predict eclipses and what kinds of things they predicted about eclipses, around maybe 100 BC, as well as what their understanding was of planetary motion.
We now know a great deal of what the mechanism did, it is still a question that people can debate about what it was for: what did the designer meant it to do, what did the person who commissioned it expect to do with it? My personal feeling is that this is not a research tool for a scientist who is going to use it in connection with observations to work out theory, it's an educational tool.
The visit of the president of the European commission to Greece coincided with the release of a 7.5 billion euros bailout tranche. But in spite of praise for the progress made on structural reforms Mr Juncker's presence in Athens also served as a reminder that the effort to put the country's ailing economy back on track should not by any means slow down.
I'm absolutely content. Greece is on the right path and I would like it to have national ownership of the programmes which are currently being implemented.
The situation is really tragic. The damage is irreparable.
I always ask the question: Is this systemic? And I've asked this questions many times with Greece and other developments.
The 11-month old baby that I played with in a Greece refugee camp last week has all the same rights as a child who grows up in our country. There is a general lack of awareness of the fact that this concerns very young children who are in very vulnerable situations. They constitute 40 percent of the problem but they seem absent in the discourse were having on migration.
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.
The willingness and ability of Greeks to pay these additional taxes will be limited. Austerity is reaching breaking point in Greece.
We have hundreds of local volunteers helping to make this work and its their games.
I think the Eurozone is a catastrophe, just look at what they've done to Greece and those Mediterranean countries. The migrant crisis is now not just dividing countries but dividing within countries leading to a whole new brand of politics. The money's run out and yet at the same time they're saving up for the day after our referendum their announcements about a European army and about an increased European budget. The project doesn't work.
The Greek authorities have done 95 per cent of changes necessary but not all is finalised. Some changes have to be made in the coming hours.
I am confident Athens will use the time before the Eurogroup to finalise the limited issues that are still open.
We made substantial progress from 2010 to 2014 [in terms of public accounts]. But from 2014 to 2016 there has been more or less a 'stalemate', let us say. And now we have to continue on this adjustment. That's why I'm saying that we are entering the period of tougher austerity, that's the proper word, probably, than what was the case for the last three years.
We never thought we were gonna go above 14 to 15 million tourists, and that was what we expected during the Olympic Games [in 2004]. So, the fact that we are now at 25 to 26 million is not only because of Greece doing a good job in terms of remaining competitive, but also we have to recognise that it is because of geopolitical reasons.
We had a presentation, we had no decision. The Governing Council acknowledges the significant progress made in the last few months. Once the prior actions (under the bailout agreement) are implemented, the Governing Council will take a decision leading to the reinstatement of the waiver.
Yes, of course (France is interested in investing in Greece). We are urging more French businesses to look into investment prospects because we want to assist Greece's economic recovery.
It's very difficult for a young person to start off with a monthly wage up to 500 euros and to build a career, so as to hope that after 10 or 15 years of work he or she could make a name in a given sector.
I think it's a dangerous moment now in Europe because we see that the austerity program, the neo-liberal program is driving people to despair, in milions from Greece to Portugal, Spain, millions are really suffering and millions above them are really struggling, with a tiny elite at the top who are hugely wealthy. Now, we can't go on like that because there is such despair at the bottom.
It was a complicated birth tonight. It's probably about as good as it gets.
It will deliver debt sustainability according to our standard criteria.
"I think there is some ground for optimism that this can be the beginning of turning Greece's vicious circle of recession-measures-recession into one where investors have a clear runway to invest in Greece,"
Even if the discussions were long, the atmosphere was always extremely relaxed. This deal is first and foremost a declaration of confidence in today's Greece.
The agreement between Greece and its creditors is positive for risk sentiment and in turn peripheral bond markets.
It was difficult because we are asking a lot of the Greeks, the IMF was asking a lot of us, and we were asking quite a lot of the IMF to step back in.
I think there is some ground for optimism, that this can be the beginning of turning Greece's vicious circle of recession measures, recession, into one where investors have a clear runway to invest in Greece and turn the corner in favour of the virtuous cycle.
We welcome that it is recognised that Greece needs debt relief to make it sustainable, it cannot do it on its own effort. And we welcome that there has been agreement on the methodology for how to assess debt sustainability.
This is very good news – already this part of the agreement of today is very good news, because it shows that the programme is fully back on track and Greece has done a lot, delivering a lot and we are making good progress there.
We achieved a serious breakthrough on Greece which allows us to enter a brand new part within the Greek monetary help program. That is stretching what I assumed would have been attainable not so way back.
If we knew what was going to happen to us we wouldn't have come. Our destination is Germany. We came according to the maps we have got with us, but they stopped us in the middle [of our journey].
I will go to other camps because it's the only solution. Maybe it's not a solution but it's the only way and there is a lot of people now, they are going to other camps.
I am very interested in early activities of human creativity, and I am a collector also of old Chinese artifacts. So when I visited the Cycladic Museum, I realised, there is such a, very skillful, very impressive understanding of sculpture.
Greeks have already paid a lot, but this is probably the first time that the possibility of these sacrifices being the last is so evident.
European leaders will receive a message tonight, that Greece fulfils its obligations. Tomorrow, the other side must also take responsibility.
Debt relief in the outer years, beyond 2018, could depend on GDP growth, for example, but could not be conditioned on policy measures, since that implies another future programme and that debt is not sustainable with just this programme.
The flight controllers contacted the pilot [with the plane] at a height of 37,000 feet [near Athens]… he did not mention a problem. We tracked the entire process from the plane's entry [into Greek airspace] to its exit, it does not appear to deviate at all from the coordinates we gave.
For the Greek government, hoping for a calm summer, this is the final test. Completing the evaluation of its efforts, and the disbursement of the next bailout installment are the minimum prerequisites for the Greek economy to return to growth. But there is a contradiction: the new austerity measures, especially the big tax hikes, will deprive the country of the 'oxygen' it needs to grow.
First, I believe this mechanism will definitely come into force. We can't escape missing the targets. Some say we should have introduced this from the very beginning. Second it will directly hit the public servants and the pensioners cutting wages and pensions by the same amount by which we miss the targets.
On our side we kept our obligations, both to the le