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You know how things are with Trump's laws now. Someone goes to court and, boom, they get taken away.feedback
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May 24 2017
Greece has been commented on by 596 key people in the news. You can find all of them on this page with their statements. People who have been most quoted about Greece are: Alexis Tsipras, Jeroen Dijsselbloem, Pierre Moscovici and Yanis Varoufakis. For instance, the most recent quote from Alexis Tsipras is: “It's their [the lenders'] turn to fulfil their commitments, just like we did. We deserve and we expect from Monday's Eurogroup a decision regulating debt relief which will correspond to the sacrifices of the Greek people.”.
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Jeroen Dijsselbloem

I expect, and (am) working on a deal today but it won't be the end deal. We've always said the final concrete decision on extra debt relief measures will come at the end of the program, which will be next year.feedback

Jeroen Dijsselbloem

This evening we had a first in-depth discussion on the topic of debt sustainability. We've not reached an overall agreement on that part of the discussion. In the coming weeks we'll continue our work on that and try to come to a definite conclusion at the next eurogroup in three weeks' time.feedback

Bruno Le Maire

These are significant efforts demanded from them and I think that it makes it even more necessary that we find an agreement today in the Eurogroup... an agreement to allow Greece to envisage its future in a more positive manner.feedback

Jeroen Dijsselbloem

Overall, positive developments from Greece, lots of work done tonight, I think we are very close to that agreement, but tonight we are unable to close a possible gap between what could be done and what some of us expected should be done or could be done. We need to close that by looking additional options or by adjusting our expectations. Both are possible and perhaps both should be done and that I think should bring us sure to a more definite conclusion at next eurogroup in June.feedback

Jeroen Dijsselbloem

If all goes well, today. The IMF has asked for more clarity... on how far that could go and what that could look like, so that's what we will look at today. Could we give more specifics on what the debt measures could be? But, again, the formal decision on debt relief, if needed, will come at the end of the programme.feedback

Johan Van Overtveldt

When you look at interest rate burden... for Greece in terms of GDP it is already by far the lowest within the euro area.feedback

John S. Watson - Chevron

A drought in the Mediterranean has hurt crop yields and major exporters like Greece and Italy are struggling to meet output expectations. The other major contributor is Brexit, with the drop in the value of the pound meaning rising costs for UK importers and supermarkets. Faced with the pound some 13pc down versus the euro since the referendum vote, the cost to buy goods from overseas has increased for British businesses.feedback

Sigmar Gabriel

Greece has done its bit, most would say more than its bit. Our country has fulfilled its obligations totally and on time. There is no excuse for further delay on the issue of debt relief.feedback

Mike van Dulken - Accendo Markets

A positive opening call comes after a Wall Street relief rally on Friday suggested investors putting last week's political chaos behind them. Asian counterparts have also made a solid start to the week, buoyed by continued optimism towards Oil and Thursday's OPEC meeting delivering a production cut extension and a hitherto un-eventful Trump visit to the Middle East.feedback

Vassiliki Spathara

The authorities want to downgrade the area because it's the only place in Athens that has an organized, anti-establishment identity.feedback

Lauren Lapidge

They are living organisms: Kids go to school, some were born in the squat, we've had weddings inside.feedback

Nikos Toskas

Some anarchist groups want to say that they got rid of drugs in the area so that they can control it.feedback

Spiros Dapergolas

Anarchists obviously cannot form a political party. But we have our own means to enter the political center. We want to get bigger.feedback

Sigmar Gabriel

Greece has been promised debt relief over and over again if reforms are carried out. Now we must stand by this promise. This must not fail due to German resistance.feedback

Pierre Moscovici - European Union

We are very close to an overall agreement, . Greece has assumed its responsibilities. I now wish that we, the partners of Greece, also take our responsibilities.feedback

Kostas Melas

We have to find a way to solve the debt issue. To get a promise on how it will be solved, and then based on that the European Central Bank will be able to include us in their quantitative easing. On this particular basis, and perhaps a precautionary credit line, Greece will be able to gradually return to the markets.feedback

Nikoleta Drougka

The new measures are now officially in law. The Greek government has tried to emphasise the counter-measures that were voted in, and says that this is the beginning of the end for the crisis. The people, though, are afraid they will endure even more austerity.feedback

Alexis Tsipras

It's their [the lenders'] turn to fulfil their commitments, just like we did. We deserve and we expect from Monday's Eurogroup a decision regulating debt relief which will correspond to the sacrifices of the Greek people.feedback

Julian Assange - WikiLeaks

[I have been] detained for seven years without charge while my children grew up and my name was slandered. I do not forgive or forget. My legal staff have contacted the UK authorities, and we hope to engage in a dialogue on what is the best way forward. To some extent Britain has been exploited by the process it entered into with the EU, where it agreed to extradite people without charge.feedback

Sara Sultan

We have never been to America, and we were going to take a trip to L.A. this summer. But we don't want to be discriminated against, so we are going to Greece instead. I'll never forgive him. Even if he changes his words now that he's the president, I won't believe him. He wouldn't have said it if he didn't believe it.feedback

Justin Forsyth - UNICEF

We know from our experience of working on the ground in north Africa, in central America, in parts of Asia, in parts of Europe like Italy, Greece, Bulgaria, all of these different countries, that there are many children that aren't counted and therefore, the number of 300,000 which is a five-fold increase is probably the tip of an iceberg.feedback

Simon Blakebrough

She recalls very many occasions when both she and he had sexual intercourse. She recalls sexual intercourse taking place on Sunday's when Gillian went to church and in Alexandra Park in Manchester where they would have sex in his car. She thinks they had sex as regularly as three times a week. She felt she was in love with the defendant he had promised when she was still a child that when she turned 16 they would move to Greece.feedback

Boyan Slat

You can imagine the bumper of your next car, or the chair you're sitting on or the frame of your phone can be ocean plastic in the future. Only a very small percentage is small pieces, most of it is still floating around in large objects like crates, buoys, bottles, even stuff like children's toys, toothbrushes and toilet seats. I was diving in Greece and realised I was coming across more plastic bags than fish, and I wondered why don't we clean this up.feedback

Nikos Magginas

The weakness seen in the fourth quarter continued but at a softer pace in the first three months. It's an encouraging sign given that up until February uncertainty over the successful conclusion of a bailout review remained high.feedback

Stephen Macklow-Smith - J.P. Morgan Asset Management

If things go well in Greece, the Greek banks look as if they have been extensively recapitalised, so we are waiting for a second order improvement in economic momentum, but there's potentially an opportunity there.feedback

Bill Murray - IMF

Discussions on the debt side of the equation have only just started, so it's really early. Our position hasn't changed. We're still in discussions on that and of course the debt discussions affect the primary surplus over the horizon, so until these things fall into place, I can't really comment.feedback

Willem Buiter

We will face the challenge (of spreads spiking) of course when they do finally stop purchasing because then the hour of truth comes. Will these countries be able to develop growth in a sustained way, not as a cyclical recovery… or do we risk a blowout and risk debt restructuring that we had in Greece and Cyprus?feedback

Hilary Webster

We have students from Arabic-speaking countries (Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, Iran), Asia (Indonesia, Malaysia, Vietnam, China, Thailand), Pacific Islands (Samoa, Fiji) and various African countries, as well as two students recently arrived from Greece and one Aboriginal student. These children are Australia's future, and their aspirational parents all want them to be successful Aussies.feedback

Peter Kazimir

It seems to me that yes, finally (the IMF will provide funding to Greece). We have to congratulate Christine Lagarde that she managed to convince the IMF. This amount is not important, (but) it is really symbolic. Technically the IMF must be on board.feedback

Vassilis Oikonomopoulos - Tate

What is fascinating for me is NEON functions in a way that is very professional, very institutional and is an organization committed to producing and presenting cutting-edge practices in the most interesting spaces.feedback

Iwona Blazwick

People were so grateful to have a chance to escape from the constant presence of the tremendous hardship, the political process, upheaval, the impact of refugees.feedback

Iwona Blazwick

Everybody is excited about what they do, and it is pretty amazing to build such a reputation so quickly.feedback

Nadina Christopoulou

It is important for us to have this link with the art world because it opens the dialogue in a different direction, and art touches everyone. That is one thing that has been missing in this crisis-handling, is that we have forgotten the need for beauty.feedback

Dimitris Daskalopoulos

That is why I did NEON, because this exposure to the arts was extremely useful to my life and creativity in the way that I thought about business, in the way I thought about society. It made me more inquisitive, more innovative. And in that sense I want as many people to be exposed to these challenges because I think it is useful in whatever you do.feedback

Elina Kountouri

Through NEON I have revisited the city many times. You have to slow down your pace and think about the relevance that your program should have for citizens and visitors, go back to different histories and try and relate them with art. He realized that there could be a chance that the new organization could be relevant in society through current affairs, but could also be a link with the artistic community.feedback

Yanis Varoufakis

The last time I addressed a demonstration was in Nottinghamshire, at a picket line during the 1984 miners' strike.feedback

Antony Mason

There are great chunks of ancient Egypt, Greece and Rome here. But there is also plenty of local talent, including medieval Brussels tapestries, retables (sculptured altarpieces), and Art Nouveau objets d'art.feedback

Pierre Moscovici - European Union

It is now for all partners to reach an understanding on the question of Greece's debt in the coming weeks. It is time to turn the page on this long and difficult austerity chapter for the Greek people. With this agreement, we need now to write a new story of stability, jobs and growth for Greece and for the euro area as a whole. The Commission will continue to support efforts to make Greek debt more sustainable. We believe it's necessary and possible.feedback

Euclid Tsakalotos

There is white smoke … The negotiation is finished with agreement on all the issues. We now have a decision that the Greek government will be called to enforce with laws and decisions.feedback

Odysseus Trivalas

It will be a very hot spring. We have yet to see the details of this agreement but what we know is that it will mean further cuts. There will be a lot of strikes and a general 24-hour lockdown when the measures are brought to parliament for vote.feedback

Panagiotis Petrakis

This deal is by no means the end of the road, because any future agreement with regard to debt relief will require further heavy commitments from the Greek side, and one can imagine what those are going to be like.feedback

Vagelis Sioutis

The fact that the negotiations lasted several months will have consequences on the Greek economy.feedback

Daniel Lenz - DZ Bank

Greece has bought some time, but the IMF needs to be involved for a real breakthrough. There is no breakthrough on the question of major debt relief for Greece, which would be a real trigger for market movement.feedback

Dimitris Tzanakopoulos

The Greek government is aiming at tapping the markets as soon as possible after wrapping up the second [bailout] review and a comprehensive deal on the medium-term [measures] for the debt.feedback

Johannes Mayr

We will get some IMF participation, but no significant number. And this is realistic only after the German elections.feedback

Neil Dwane - Allianz Global Investors

National governments, like Germany, would lose popularity if they wrote off Greek debt. I would expect more extend and pretend from the EU and the IMF.feedback

Euclid Tsakalotos

There was white smoke, . The negotiations for a technical deal were concluded on all issues ... the way has now been paved for debt relief talks.feedback

Joan Hoey

Tsipras has been able to command remarkable discipline in his party up to now. We will see whether that continues to apply in coming weeks. This is not a deal that closes the second (bailout) review, but another painful step toward that end. We do not know all the details, only that those prior actions will include some very unpopular reforms ... (It) seems like another case of deal doublespeak.feedback

Vagelis Sioutis

The (official) target for 2.7 per cent growth (in 2017) at the moment looks very difficult, if not unattainable.feedback

Euclid Tsakalotos

There is white smoke…Negotiations on all issues have been completed. I'm certain that there will now be negotiations on debt because there is no excuse.feedback

Christine Lagarde - International Monetary Fund

For the IMF to be entering into a programme with Greece would require that the programme can walk on two legs. One leg is the leg of reforms and the other leg is that of debt sustainability.feedback

Poul M. Thomsen - International Monetary Fund

While we can accept that the debt relief will only be approved and delivered at the end of the program based on Greece meeting the targets under the program, we would need to assure our board already now that we have a common understanding with our European partners of what kind of measures will be needed to deliver that debt relief.feedback

Mike van Dulken - Accendo Markets

Sentiment nonetheless remains biased positive, evident in the Nasdaq Composite posting fresh record highs, the Dow and S&P still close and the VIX volatility index (a.k.a. the fear gauge) at near 10yr lows suggesting an easing of recent geopolitical jitters. This despite Trump saying he wants to look at breaking up the big banks, one of the best performing sectors based on deregulation hopes since the new President was elected.feedback

Mike van Dulken - Accendo Markets

A positive opening call comes as investors return with optimism from a long weekend in spite of disappointing China PMI prints - Manufacturing falling to a 6/7-month low as the rebound moderates - and a mixed session from the US that flowed to Asia overnight as geopolitical risk keeps simmering.feedback

Manolis Rallakis

We are incorporating (the historical May Day struggle) with our struggle against these (government) policies, we are against all the political parties who say they want this so-called bailout review concluded. This review serves as the destruction of the people and the pensioners.feedback

Wolfgang Schäuble

If the Greek government upholds all the agreements, European finance ministers could complete the review on May 22 and then soon after that release the next tranche. The longer it takes, the more uncertainty will be in the financial markets and economy. Because we negotiated in a very determined fashion and the Greek government said it would adjust the pensions more strongly to the economic situation.feedback

Wolfgang Schäuble

Because we negotiated in a very determined fashion and the Greek government said it would adjust the pensions more strongly to the economic situation. That's not easy – I know that. And it wants to improve the tax collection system so that tax revenues will rise again from 2020.feedback

Yanis Varoufakis

From my first meeting with him, I regretted dearly that it was [Mr] Sapin who represented France in the Eurogroup and not [Mr] Macron, Had they swapped roles, things might have ended up differently.feedback

Emmanuel Macron

I do not want my generation to be the one responsible for Greece exiting Europe.feedback

Yanis Varoufakis

Merkel had heard him and, according to Emmanuel, ordered Hollande to keep Macron out of the Greek negotiations. Merkel's spell was every bit as powerful as I had imagined.feedback

Jeroen Dijsselbloem

In terms of next steps I expect all of this will allow all institutions to come to the conclusions that the numbers add up and the IMF to financially participate. The authorities committed to legislate up-front further pension and income tax reforms, each worth about one percent of GDP.feedback

Philippe Leclerc - United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees

The number of people crossing the Aegean to Greece has dropped drastically over the past year, but this tragic incident shows that the dangers and the risk of losing one's life remains very real.feedback

Panagiotis Davris

[Ionic liquids] are superior because [they] are non-flammable and non-volatile, so we can work with them at higher temperatures without any fire or health hazards.feedback

Panagiotis Davris

We pour the bauxite residue into the reactor that contains a solution of ionic liquid. The way this leaching works is similar to making tea or coffee – you basically extract the components you need.feedback

Ioannis Paspaliaris

The major advantage of this process is that it can take out rare earth elements selectively. It doesn't dissolve the whole solid matter – just the elements that we require. That is an economical and environmental advantage.feedback

Efthymios Balomenos

This particular bauxite residue [at Aluminium of Greece] contains about 1.5 kg of rare earth per ton. This may not sound very impressive until you do the math. Add up 700,000 tons per year and we're sitting on 10% of Europe's annual demand of rare earths.feedback

Jean Fawcett - Abercrombie & Kent

Decreased demand for certain countries in Europe has meant dramatic growth for others. Interest in France is slightly lower, but Spain and Portugal are booming, as are Scandinavia and Germany. Turkey is down, but Greece has roared back.feedback

Pedro Caixinha

I've had them in Mexico, Portugal, Greece, Romania and with national teams. I like those type of matches and I like matches which are more about the strategical side of the game, and I love that. I think I am going to be a guy who will enjoy the game and seeing if things are going to go the way we have worked with them along the week. It is going to be a fantastic environment and a fantastic football match. We need to be prepared to play it and win it.feedback

Pope Francis

We live in a civilisation that is not having children, but also closes its door to migrants: this is called suicide. Let us think about the cruelty afflicting so many people, about the exploitation of those arriving on boats. Italy and Greece are providing a welcome but then international agreements mean they cannot move on. If every municipality in Italy took in just two migrants there would be a place for everyone.feedback

Pope Francis

These refugee camps - so many are concentration camps, crowded with people... because international accords seem more important than human rights. I do not know what happened to him, if he managed to get out of his concentration camp, and get to somewhere else. We live in a civilisation that is not having children, but also closes its door to migrants: This is called suicide. Let us think about the cruelty afflicting so many people, about the exploitation of those arriving on boats. Italy and Greece are providing a welcome, but then international agreements mean they cannot move on.feedback

C. Randall Henning

The clock is ticking. With these European elections, the last thing anyone wants is another Greek crisis.feedback

C. Randall Henning

This is where it gets especially fraught. The fund is digging in its heels, but if the pattern of brinkmanship that the Europeans and the Greeks have practiced in the past prevails, you will see more instability in the markets. This is definitely creating anxiety -- both within the fund and within national governments.feedback

Christine Lagarde - International Monetary Fund

I met today with Minister Tsakalotos and his team. We had constructive discussions in preparation for the return of the mission to discuss the two legs of the Greece program: policies and debt relief.feedback

Dimitris Tzanakopoulos

What is under discussion is a small IMF funding program, which will last for one year and end at the same time with the ESM (European Stability Mechanism) program, in August 2018. I don't think it is possible to make it, to conclude the bailout review before May 22.feedback

Christine Lagarde - International Monetary Fund

If Greek debts are not sustainable based on IMF rules and reasonable parameters, we will not take part in the programme.feedback

Simon Tilford

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

Byron Kotzamanis

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

Anastasia Economopoulou

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

Dimitrios Karellas

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

Jim Yong Kim - World Bank Group

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

John Stamos

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

Alexis Tsipras

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

Emma Boorman

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

Alexis Tsipras

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

Jeroen Dijsselbloem

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

Euclid Tsakalotos

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

Stelios Koulouglou

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

Giorgos Kyrtsos

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

Aliki Mouriki

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

Claus Vistesen - Pantheon Macroeconomics

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

Claus Vistesen - Pantheon Macroeconomics

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

Claus Vistesen - Pantheon Macroeconomics

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

Jeroen Dijsselbloem

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

Euclid Tsakalotos

There are things that will not satisfy us, and there are things that satisfy us. It is in the nature of every agreement for there to be compromises and things that will upset not generally the negotiating team but the Greek people.feedback

Gerry Rice - International Monetary Fund

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

Adam Szymczyk

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

Alexis Tsipras

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

Martin Roth

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

Hanno Rauterberg

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

Eirene Efstathiou

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

Stamatis Giannisis - Euronews

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

Napoleon Maravegias

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

Donald Tusk - European Council

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

Alexis Tsipras

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

John Hall

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

Kostas Dimopoulos

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

Kati Piri

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

Ali Alfauori

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

Sarah Ayton

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

Sarah Ayton

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

Friedrich Joussen - TUI

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

Christian Kern

We believe an exception is necessary for Austria for having already fulfilled its obligation. We will discuss that with the European Commission. We are of the opinion … that the people in question here already sought an asylum application or arrived in Italy or Greece. We must check whether we have already fulfilled our quota and discharged our obligation.feedback

Giorgos Kolliopoulos

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

Giorgos Kolliopoulos

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

Vasileios Gkionakis - UniCredit Group

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

Tomas Budi

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

Carol Chillington Rutter

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

Michael Skibbe

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

Roberto Martinez - Anfield

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

Alexis Tsipras

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

Pierre Vimont

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

Jens Spahn

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

Yiannis Garoutsos

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

Mujtaba Rahman

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

Guntram Wolff - Bruegel

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

Theodoros Chronopoulos

The packages were destined for European countries.feedback

Colin Seftor

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

Roberto Martinez - Anfield

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