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George Chouliarakis
A lot more needs to be done there, especially improving the business environment...be more assertive in advancing for direct investments, in accelerating the base of the privatization programme.feedback
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Jun 28 2017
The latest person who has talked about Greece is Alexis Tsipras: “I expect that in the coming period the downward path of [government bond] yields will continue so that very soon we will have the ability to make our first test-exit to the markets on good terms.”. You’ll find on this page all the other quotes of Alexis Tsipras and all the other people that have spoken about Greece. You can select these people and their quotes by date, by name, and you can easily have access to the articles from which they originated.
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Benjamin Netanyahu

It's something we're very excited about. Of course the idea of the East Med pipeline would be a revolution. We've had preliminary studies of it. It seems promising and we're going to look further. And when you look at our region ... that's not a common commodity.feedback

Joaquim Batica

I think that as a 24-year-old player who has played in the Champions League, played a quarter-final of the World Cup, took part in championships in Spain, France, England, Greece, Portugal, he has a very important background.feedback

Helmut Kohl

There must be no question for us that we in the European Union and the eurozone stand by Greece in solidarity. I ask myself where Germany stands today and where it wants to go.feedback

Alexis Tsipras

It was a decisive step, for the country exiting from this crisis. It was a clear step of confidence for the markets.feedback

Goldie Hawn

I don't eat a lot. I think we overeat. [And] I drink my green juice every day! I do a lot of juicing, I don't put a lot of food in my stomach and I don't mix my foods too much. So if I want to have like protein I'll just eat a bowl of lentils, I won't mix it with a bunch of stuff.feedback

Goldie Hawn

I try to stay positive and be very, very active. I walk every day and I run and do all kinds of that. If I don't have an hour, I'll do 15 minute intervals. Actually, it's a very good thing to do. If you're taxing yourself too much in an hour, you're taxing a lot of things.feedback

Luis de Guindos

If one sees that the Greek government is adopting all the necessary measures so that the process ends with an acquittal, it's clear that the loan will be paid.feedback

Mario Centeno

It was possible for Portugal to leave the excessive deficit procedure with a different policy, a policy that has denigrated for many months, both towards the Government and also damaging the image of Portugal.feedback

Alexis Tsipras

We agreed to expedite our joint actions concerning our agreement on the construction of a large project which will offer new prospects of economic cooperation in the eastern Mediterranean.feedback

Jeroen Dijsselbloem

I am pleased to announce we have achieved an agreement on all elements. I think this is a major step forward. This is a second-best solution.feedback

Christine Lagarde - International Monetary Fund

I think there is a very strong focus on growth and that's a strong change of attitude and tone. I hope that the discussion over specific debt relief measures can soon be brought to conclusion.feedback

Christoph Rieger - Commerzbank

If the ECB started buying GGBs (Greek government bonds), this would fuel another tightening leg in the bond market. But as this process will likely drag into the ECB's tapering phase, I'm sceptical whether they will be buying GGBs at all while QE is still on.feedback

Fabio Balboni - HSBC

This is a major step forward, in our view, coming after many months of uncertainty. The deal should pave the way for the ECB to include Greece in its QE (quantitative easing) programme, which in turn should unlock access to markets for Greece, putting the country on the right track towards exiting the bailout programme next year.feedback

Benjamin Netanyahu

I thought that it had to change because there's a simple fact about Cyprus, Greece and Israel that brings us very close together: We're all democracies, real democracies. And when you look in the present in our region, especially looking eastward and some other directions as well, that's not a very common commodity.feedback

Lucas Papademos

The course ahead will not be easy. But the problems, I'm convinced, will be solved. They will be solved faster, with a smaller cost and in an efficient way, if there is unity, agreement and prudence.feedback

Nikos Marantzidis

Such a level of verbal violence has not been seen since the restoration of democracy. Never were such extreme things said in Parliament or from official lips as in this period.feedback

Mike van Dulken - Accendo Markets

Forecasts are for May price increases to have fallen back negative (-0.1pc vs April 0.4pc), while the annual pace for both headline (1.4pc vs 1.pc prev) and core (0.9pc vs 1.2pc prev) are confirmed sharply slower, highlighting the ECB's woes in regaining its 2pc regional inflation target.feedback

Christine Lagarde - International Monetary Fund

For us to engage and for us to participate financially, more needs to be clarified, defined and approved in terms of restructuring. What we believe will be needed is a deferral of interests, an extension of maturity, and a mechanism by which there is an adjustment based on growth ... this is where further discussion and negotiation is needed. I've always said that the (bailout) program walks on two legs: the leg of policies and the leg of debt sustainability.feedback

Christine Lagarde - International Monetary Fund

Progress has been made today, no question about it but more is needed. It (Athens) will actually produce a primary surplus and it should be, in terms of liquidity and stability, in a fairly solid situation to develop its economy to cultivate growth, generate investment , and proceed with the privatization that they have agreed to complete.feedback

Prokopis Pavlopoulos

Greece has fulfilled its commitments and adopted the required reforms. Now it is time for the Europeans to comply with their commitments on debt relief. Anything else would not be worthy of a great European politician. It is important for us that our creditors secure the viability of the debt. Otherwise the ECB cannot buy Greek state bonds.feedback

Wolfgang Schäuble

There is an increasing number of voices from Greece calling for an adherence to the agreements. Germany has never failed in that respect. So if the Greeks now also honour the agreements we will be saving a lot of time in the future.feedback

Jeroen Dijsselbloem

Preparing Greece for an exit of the programme, that's the kind of discussion that from now on we are going to have, which is very different from the long period that is behind us. It's a new phase, it's going towards the end of the programme and we need to help and support Greece in making that exit successfully next year.feedback

Benjamin Netanyahu

The (meetings) will focus on innovation, and will deal with energy, security, strategic and financial cooperation and tourism.feedback

Jeroen Dijsselbloem

Today we will give more clarity to Greece and to the IMF (on) how we will move forward, how we will calibrate debt relief needed next year. There won't be a figure that rolls out... the figure will only come at the end of the programme.feedback

John Koudounis

This is the right time to invest. There are good opportunities to make profits.feedback

Todd Rosenbluth

Many of the stocks inside GREK are undervalued, including Hellenic Telecomunications, the Greek Organisation of Football Prognostics, and Jumbo, a retail chain.feedback

Alexis Tsipras

Europe must show that it is capable of overcoming intransigence.feedback

Nikos Chryssochoidis

We expect a statement that will clear the way for the release of the next disbursement before Greek repayments become due in mid-July. We do not expect a major announcement on debt relief for Greece before the German elections in the fall.feedback

Stavros Vassiliou

We have been robbed blind, I worked 41 years in construction … I was taking 2,400 euros in 2011, now I take (a pension) of 1,000. I have a mortgage and four kids to support.feedback

Maria Kamma

We want to revive traditions that were dying out due to a dwindling population, like making cheese and gathering medicinal herbs. By integrating refugees, we can boost the local economy and encourage eco-tourism.feedback

Maria Kamma

Usually it's hard for a tiny island community to break with tradition, but on Tilos we've always welcomed alternatives. If we can do it, anyone can.feedback

Maria Kamma

Tilos has many loyal 'fans' who've come every year for 30 years. Now we're getting a lot more interest from young people who have heard about Tilos because of the renewable energy project. They like what we are doing and want to support the island.feedback

Jeroen Dijsselbloem

I am glad to announce that we have achieved an agreement on all the elements - conditionality, the debt strategy moving forward, and International Monetary Fund participation. We're now going into the last year of the financial support program for Greece - we will prepare a financial exit strategy going forward to enable Greece to stand on its own feet again over the course of the next year.feedback

Alexis Tsipras

And we expect the same from our lenders. For them to respect the rules that they themselves wrote. To respect my country. To respect Greece.feedback

Jürg Weissgerber

We expect that we will be able to agree on a sustainable overall package.feedback

Mario Draghi - European Central Bank

First, let's have an agreement, a full agreement, and let's find measures that will make the debt sustainable through time. We decided to reinvest the principal payments on the securities purchased under the APP (asset purchase program) as they mature, for as long as necessary. This will contribute both to favourable liquidity conditions and to an appropriate monetary policy stance. The technical details will be communicated in due time.feedback

Didem Eris

The trembling was really bad. Everything in my clinic started shaking wildly, we all ran outside with the patients. We are very used to earthquakes as people of Izmir but this one was different. I thought to myself that this time we were going to die.feedback

Christiana Kalogirou

The information we have is that there are 10 injuries ... The army is also helping, and will provide tents for people remaining outside their homes. They will be able to stay in sports facilities.feedback

Bruno Le Maire

I wanted to underline that we are doing our best with the other member states of the euro zone, with the IMF, with the Greek governement, and I'm optimistic, I think we are not far from the agreement. And because we are not far we should really do our best in the next two days, to pave the way for that agreement.feedback

Nikoleta Drougka

At the Archaeological Museum of Milos, visitors can see a replica of the Venus de Milo. Local authorities hope that by 2020 – 200 years after it was found – the statue will return to the island.feedback

Gerasimos Damoulakis

This is the start of an attempt to achieve what we owe both our ancestors and our children.feedback

Naomi Klein

When I wrote The Shock Doctrine I really did think that just showing how crisis was exploited would be enough to repel it. Then the crash happened and I watched these social movements fill squares in Portugal and Italy and Spain – I lived there for months – all chanting 'We won't pay for your crisis'. I ended This Changes Everything with an interview I had with Alexis Tsipras before he was elected in Greece, where he said to me 'It is enough in this moment to say no.feedback

Kostas Manolas

The Bosnians should be ashamed of themselves for not respecting our national anthem. This sort of thing does not represent football.feedback

Scott Stossel - The Atlantic

Every generation, going back to Periclean Greece, to second century Rome, to the Enlightenment, to the Georgians and to the Victorians, believes itself to be the most anxious age ever. There is widespread inequality of wealth and status, general confusion over gender roles and identities, and of course the fear, dormant for several decades, that ICBMs will rain nuclear fire on American cities. The silver lining for those with nervous disorders is that we can welcome our previously non-neurotic fellow citizens into the anxious fold.feedback

George Papaconstantinou

We seem to be caught between competing demands and priorities from the IMF (International Monetary Fund) on one side and Germany on the other. Neither of the two sides made the necessary steps to meet somewhere in the middle, Germany has an election in September so (Finance Minister) Wolfgang Schaeuble didn't want to say it clearly, that yes there would some kind of debt relief.feedback

Mark Dowding - Bluebay Asset Management

We still think you are about 75 basis points away from a point where you can start to have that dialogue about Greece returning to the market. But I think that (the ECB signalling it would buy Greek bonds) could certainly be a catalyst that would push yields into that zone.feedback

Mark Dowding - Bluebay Asset Management

The fudge needs to be good enough that it gives the cover for the ECB to start buying Greek bonds again.feedback

Milan Chovanec

The Government approved the suspension of this system for the Czech Republic because of the deteriorating security situation and the malfunctioning of the entire relocation system. The government also urged the Interior Minister to end all activities in these areas. This means that the Czech Republic will no longer take part in the relocation of migrants arriving in Greece and Italy.feedback

Andrew Balls - Pimco

The thing which fills me with horror is an environment where the ECB has finished QE, Italy does need support, and the message is you need to go to the European Stability Mechanism [the eurozone's bail-out fund]. Replaying the events of a few years ago with Portugal, Greece and others in the case of Italy would be an event that would raise an awful lot of risk - and you'd want to get paid a lot more than a 2pc return over 10 years to take that risk. It doesn't seem terribly unlikely either.feedback

Hartwig Fischer

We run a sex and relationship programme that works much better in museums where you have objects that you can relate to and where it is easier to talk about these things.feedback

Sigmar Gabriel

Greece has always been promised debt relief when its reforms are implemented. Now we must stand by that promise.feedback

Caroline Freund - Peterson Institute for International Economics

You have him saying Germany is bad, and it's just such a strange way to put things. It's so undiplomatic that it comes off as, okay, this is out of the blue and crazy. But there is a kernel of truth, absolutely, that the euro crisis is born in Germany as much as in Greece.feedback

Mathios Rigas

This is a significant day for the Israeli gas market. These are the first contracts for gas supplies from the Karish and Tanin fields signed with the Dalia group, the largest private power producer in Israel. The agreement is a substantial step towards bringing competition and cheaper energy to the market for the benefit of Israeli consumers and the country's economy. Energean is in talks regarding further contracts with other potential customers in the market and is aiming to submit a Field Development Plan for the Karish and Tanin project in the next few weeks.feedback

James Woods - Rivkin Securities

The bailout payments are necessary to meet existing debt repayments due in July, so if Greece were to forgo this bailout payment the probability of a default would spike, reopening the discussion around a Grexit from the Euro-zone.feedback

Dimitris Tzanakopoulos

It is not true. There will be a solution on June 15. What I did say is that the disbursement (of bailout money) was not an issue, because all sides agreed that we have kept to our commitments. But the Greek government feels that a disbursement without clarity on debt is not enough to turn the Greek economy around.feedback

Kaneo Ogino

The lenders will meet next month, and people expect them to reach an agreement, because it always happens like this, with fears that they won't. But in the meantime, worries about Greece and Italy provided a good excuse for people who want to reduce their long positions in the euro.feedback

Philip Abraham

I've decided to go another time. I reckoned a Greek family trying to get home to Athens deserved a spot on the plane before me.feedback

Christos Vasiliades

Find him and wear him out. If we were back where I'm from, from Greece…we would go [expletive] him up. If you want to do that, that's fine. I think he's an [expletive]…I did my job, I did very good, and I can go home and go to sleep.feedback

Μιchalis Chrisohoidis

Incidents like that happen in almost every European country. I think that there is a need for more international cooperation in order to deal with this problem. In my opinion we are all in danger. We are in danger from those problems (militant groups) and Islamist terrorism. An attack against a former PM is a bad sign.feedback

Dennis Davitt - Harvest Volatility Management

If this continues to collapse, I'm then going to figure out if it's more confidence in Greece … or if the German economy is actually starting to overheat.feedback

Lucas Papademos

We heard a loud sound, an explosion. Later police vehicles arrived at the scene. I went out to see what happened. People were running. The authorities closed the street within the next 20 minutes. My first impression was that there were gunshots.feedback

Dimitris Tzanakopoulos

With all out heart, we wish Mr. Papademos and his companions a speedy recovery. The prime minister has been updated about all the events by the minister of public order and he will continue to receive updates.feedback

Kyriakos Mitsotakis

At some point we realize in this country that dealing with terrorism must take the highest priority. Terrorists are enemies of democracy.feedback

Dimitris Tzanakopoulos

It is obvious and self-evident that the Greek government unreservedly and categorically condemns the attack against the former prime minister, Mr. Papademos.feedback

Alexis Tsipras

I unequivocally condemn the attack against Lucas Papademos. I wish a speedy recovery to him and the people who accompanied him.feedback

Nikos Pappas

We are all in shock following this action. We condemn this appalling action without reservation and with all our heart wish Mr. Papademos the best.feedback

Stavros Theodorakis

Citizens and politicians should reflect on who's arming these murderers.feedback

Christos Vasiliades

You know how things are with Trump's laws now. Someone goes to court and, boom, they get taken away.feedback

Dimitris Tzanakopoulos

The outcome of the talks is not connected to the loan disbursement, the issue was settled.feedback

Poul M. Thomsen - International Monetary Fund

We still think there is a need for more realism in assumptions and more specificity. We accept the main assumption of the May 2016 agreement that it does not have to be finally approved, calibrated or delivered before the end of the programme (bailout) but we need more specificity on what will come at the end of the programme.feedback

Pierre Moscovici - European Union

We are talking about a range of very considerable commitments… these prior actions involve 140 measures, and they are not minor reforms. I briefed the Eurogroup that 104 of the 140 mentioned could already be regarded as done. Indeed today the number was raised slightly because further progress was achieved so we stand now at 115 completed actions.feedback

Benjamin Schroeder

Given the way negotiations have been progressing in the past, another delay should not come as a surprise - but this time hopes were running high (for a deal) because of the measures passed by Greece.feedback

Ilias Lekkos - Piraeus Bank

The solution on debt is a very complex and technical discussion. Without concrete signs of an agreement at a technical level, expectations of a deal at yesterday's Eurogroup were too optimistic. The market reaction is not extreme.feedback

Michael Every

Expect the negotiation can to be kicked to June, when all can then agree to extend and pretend that 2019 onwards holds nothing but milk and honey for Greece.feedback

Michael Hewson - CMC Markets

Today's UK public finances for April are expected to show a deficit of £8.8bn for April, as we start a new tax year, and up from the £5.1bn seen in March. This year's numbers will be particularly important given that last year's full year deficit was £52bn, considerably better than was expected at the end of last year.feedback

Mike van Dulken - Accendo Markets

A flat opening call comes as Asian markets react cautiously to yet another terror event, this time in Manchester. This latest horror merely adds to a melting pot of UK frustration as the country deals with ugly election campaigning before a June 8 snap general election and what is sure to be even uglier Brexit negotiations that begin just weeks after. The UK FTSE is holding up for the moment thanks to fresh GBP weaknessas the US Dollar finds support following its Trump-induced sell-off.feedback

Jeroen Dijsselbloem

Tonight we were unable to close a possible gap between what could be done and what some of us had expected should be done or could be done. We need to close that by looking at additional options or by adjusting our expectations. Both are possible and both perhaps should be done, and that I think will bring us to a more positive and definite positive conclusion at the next Eurogroup in June.feedback

Anna-Marie Solowij

Trends such as the Paleo diet, which aligns itself to our ancestral way of eating, along with the crossover of food and herbs being used in cosmetic formulations, have all contributed to the latest Greek revival.feedback

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