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Alexis Tsipras
What was decided in Malta ... renders the horizon for the country's exit from supervision visible.feedback
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Apr 10 2017
Alexis Tsipras, Jacob Kirkegaard and Jeroen Dijsselbloem, are the people who have been quoted the greatest number of times about Greek bailout. You can find them on this page and an additional total of 54 people who have something to say about this topic. All the 206 quotes on this page are sorted by date and by name. You can also have access to the articles to get the context of the quotes. The most recent quote from Alexis Tsipras is: “What was decided in Malta ... renders the horizon for the country's exit from supervision visible.”.
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Adonis Georgiadis

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

Alexis Tsipras

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

Yannis Stournaras

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

Alexis Tsipras

I am fully convinced we achieved an honorable compromise.feedback

Jeroen Dijsselbloem

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

James Galbraith

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

Stamatis Giannisis - Euronews

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

Jeff Schulze - Clearbridge

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

Jean-Claude Juncker - European Commission

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

Alexis Tsipras

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

Jan Randolph - IHS

The most immediate reason why Italian bonds fell this morning is their close connection to renewed tensions over the Greek bailout terms with new disagreements between the Eurogroup of sovereign creditors and the IMF.feedback

Alexis Tsipras

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.feedback

Alexis Tsipras

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.feedback

Alexis Tsipras

Ultimately a solution can only be in the interests of Greek and Turkish Cypriots, in other words, a solution that ultimately will be viable, functional and will remove fear from the people of Cyprus.feedback

Vincenzo Scarpetta

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

Alexis Tsipras

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.feedback

Alexis Tsipras

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.feedback

Alexis Tsipras

We want to heal the wounds of the crisis and help those who have made great sacrifices.feedback

Alexis Tsipras

We support a fair and viable solution without guarantees, without occupation troops and without fear for the citizens of Cyprus.feedback

Alexis Tsipras

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

Alexis Tsipras

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

Alexis Tsipras

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.feedback

Alexis Tsipras

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

Alexis Tsipras

The projections for the Greek economy are extremely positive for next year.feedback

Theodore Couloumbis

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

Stavros Bokias

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

Stavros Bokias

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

Jenny Papanikolaou

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

Wolfango Piccoli

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

Wolfango Piccoli

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

Alexis Tsipras

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.feedback

Alexis Tsipras

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.feedback

Alexis Tsipras

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.feedback

Alexis Tsipras

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.feedback

Alexis Tsipras

Steady to our commitment to support the weak, we decided to immediately distribute most of our outperformance in 2016 revenues to low income pensioners.feedback

Alexis Tsipras

It is absolutely impossible to maintain a primary surplus of 3.5% after 2018 if we are not to drown the Greek economy.feedback

Florian Baier

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.feedback

Michael Sapin

We have adopted today the plan to reduce Greek debt in the short-term.feedback

Alexis Tsipras

Goodbye Commander. Until the victory of the people, always!feedback

Alexis Tsipras

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.feedback

Alexis Tsipras

I did not wish to repeat the criticisms that many of have made during the election period.feedback

Alexis Tsipras

It is a great honor that you are visiting Greece during your final Europe tour to give a special message to the world.feedback

Alexis Tsipras

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.feedback

Barack Obama

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.feedback

Alexis Tsipras

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.feedback

Stamatis Giannisis - Euronews

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

Alexis Tsipras

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

Alexis Tsipras

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

George Koumoutsakos

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

Alexis Tsipras

We are almost certain that this year will close with a positive growth rate after many years, a small but positive growth rate.feedback

Alexis Tsipras

As we abide by the accord, we expect the same thing from our partners. No delays, no foot dragging, no postponement will be tolerated.feedback

Alexis Tsipras

(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.feedback

Alexis Tsipras

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

Alexis Tsipras

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

Alexis Tsipras

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.feedback

Alexis Tsipras

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.feedback

Alexis Tsipras

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.feedback

Alexis Tsipras

Our aim is not to focus on the number of EU states, neither more Europe nor less Europe, but a better Europe that will inspire again the European citizens.feedback

Stamatis Giannisis - Euronews

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

Benoit Coeure - European Central Bank

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.feedback

Jeroen Dijsselbloem

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.feedback

Alexis Tsipras

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.feedback

Alexis Tsipras

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.feedback

Alexis Tsipras

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.feedback

George Soros

If significant progress could be made on the refugee issue, it would make the other issues – from the continuing Greek debt crisis to the fallout from Brexit to the challenge posed by Russia – easier to tackle.feedback

Alexis Tsipras

The British referendum will either serve as a wake-up call for the sleepwalker heading toward the void, or it will be the beginning of a very dangerous and slippery course for our peoples.feedback

Stamatis Giannisis - Euronews

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

Niels Christensen - Nordea Bank

The Greek debt problem was not the biggest concern, but there is relief it is out of the way and the euro is drawing some support from that. The biggest focus in the currency market remains the Fed and rate hike expectations.feedback

Alexis Tsipras

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.feedback

Alexis Tsipras

European leaders will receive a message tonight, that Greece fulfils its obligations. Tomorrow, the other side must also take responsibility.feedback

Alexis Tsipras

On our side we kept our obligations, both to the lenders and primarily to the Greek people – which is important because we are applying the deal using every possibility for flexibility with the goal of protecting society.feedback

Alexis Tsipras

This non-aggressive fiscal adjustment – focused on the concern for the protection of the weak and of those with medium and low incomes, as well as the protection of our National Health and education systems – is bearing fruit, and the Greek economy appears now to be at the threshold of recovery. The prophesies of the modern day Cassandras who had been saying that we destroyed the economy while negotiating have been gloriously dismissed. Now is the time to make the right decisions.feedback

Alexis Tsipras

We kept expenditure low, we gave a breath of fresh air to the economy by exploiting the EU's National Strategic Reference Framework that gave over five billion euros to the Greek economy and Greece was, for the first time, the number one country in absorbing those funds. We also had an excellent track record on tourism, we exceeded our targets on state revenues by two billion and we reduced unemployment by 1.5 percent.feedback

Alexis Tsipras

Greece therefore has a surplus of 0.7 percent, that is 1 percent above target and does not need any extra (austerity) measures. What Greece needs is a necessary easing of the debt if the economy is to take off, the investors trust will be regained and we will return to growth, finally.feedback

Alexis Tsipras

Greece's fiscal policy performance has exceeded any expectation in 2015, and don't forget how difficult this year was. We have had two general elections, one referendum, closed banks and also an unprecedented refugee crisis that fell almost entirely upon Greece's shoulders.feedback

Alexis Tsipras

At this critical stage we must by no means allow some people to drive this country back to the darkness of recession. We must march forward and overcome the crisis for good.feedback

Stamatis Giannisis - Euronews

Prime minister, the data Eurostat published on the performance of the Greek economy are better than anticipated, but you still have a long and arduous way ahead. How do you evaluate these results?feedback

Alexis Tsipras

Greece, which has a primary surplus of 0.7%, does not need extra measures. What Greece needs is an essential debt relief. Greece, in this last turn, needs a push forward not backwards. Those who have made huge mistakes, wrong choices and projections, should not be allowed to repeat their mistakes.feedback

Alexis Tsipras

Despite all that what does Eurostat tell us? That we had a primary surplus of 0.7 percent instead of the projected 0.25 percent primary deficit. That is to say that we exceeded the programme's target by nearly 1 percent. Let's not forget that at the same time the IMF forecasts were for a 1 percent (deficit) or 0.6 percent (deficit). We exceeded the IMF forecasts by 2.3 billion euros. And we did all this in a difficult year. Nothing happened by chance. Everything happened because we worked with vision, with patience and with persistence.feedback

Alexis Tsipras

This is an island which has lifted all the weight of Europe upon its shoulders.feedback

Alexis Tsipras

This constitutes a big disgrace for European civilization and for countries who want to become a part of European civilization.feedback

Alexis Tsipras

It seems that some people are playing games with an aim to destabilize us. We will not allow (IMF's) Thomsen to destroy Europe.feedback

Alexis Tsipras

I would like to stress that the implementation of this readmission agreement sends a clear message to migrants coming from third countries: there is neither the political will nor the ability to cross to Europe [within the frame of the measures we are taking].feedback

Alexis Tsipras

At Monday's summit, Greece will demand that burden sharing be equitable among all countries in the bloc, and sanctions for those that do not.feedback

Alexis Tsipras

We will not allow Greece or any other country to be turned into a warehouse of souls. We are at a crucial moment for the future of Europe.feedback

Alexis Tsipras

It is certainly not my intention to say, look, I have a refugee crisis and that gives me leeway to operate beyond the framework of the (bailout) agreement. The agreement will be kept.feedback

Filippo Grandi - United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees

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

Alexis Tsipras

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

Alexis Tsipras

We have presented our proposals on the pension reform, and informed the institutions (lenders) at the beginning of January. So far we don't have their official position.feedback

Manolis Kapsis - Mega

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

Manuel Valls

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

Alexis Tsipras

We have made some commitments. We have made progress on these commitments. We will be completely ready with regard to these commitments in a month. What remains to be seen is whether Europe will meet its commitments toward Greece and toward an international problem. The refugee crisis isn't a Greek crisis. It's a European crisis and we must find European solutions for European problems.feedback

Stamatis Giannisis - Euronews

Over the past seven years, with the crisis ravaging the Greek economy, 250,000 stores and companies of various sizes have gone out of business and over one million jobs have been lost. If the Marinopoulos supermarket chain goes the same way it would add another 400 closed outlets and 13,000 more layoffs.feedback

Alexis Tsipras

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

Alexis Tsipras

The progressive forces have to promote the need to return to the fundamental values of Europe, which are solidarity, democracy, social cohesion, but also to build a wall against economic policies that prepare the ground for the far-right that today threatens the future of Europe.feedback

Alexis Tsipras

We need to come back to our foundation values: solidarity, democracy, social cohesion. So the progressive forces must be united in order to face these big challenges…the extreme right policies and the forces that build fences and create a very bad atmosphere.feedback

Alexis Tsipras

In Greece wrong policies were applied and it is a paradox that those who recognized that there were wrong policies, admitting their mistake, insist on applying the mistake.feedback

Jacob Kirkegaard

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

Christine Lagarde - International Monetary Fund

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Jacob Kirkegaard

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

George Pagoulatos

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

Alexis Tsipras

The military interventions in the region were not to introduce democracy to these Middle East countries, but to serve interests, geopolitical interests that were wrong in their assessment by the governments of the West and the EU that they thought there would not be tragic consequences for the West.feedback

Alexis Tsipras

Certain people need to understand that Greece has signed a deal that it will adhere to. But, it did not sign a deal to surrender its sovereignty, nor did it agree to the destruction of its social cohesion.feedback

Vangelis Meimarakis

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

Alexis Tsipras

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

Alexis Tsipras

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

Giorgos Katrougalos

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

Stamatis Giannisis - Euronews

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

Angelos Koveos

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

Voula Kehagia

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

Alexis Tsipras

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

Alexis Tsipras

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

Vangelis Meimarakis

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

Alexis Tsipras

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

Alexis Tsipras

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

Alexis Tsipras

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

Alexis Tsipras

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

Alekos Flabouraris

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

Panagiotis Kouroublis

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

Panos Skourletis

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

Stathis Leoutsakos

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

Jeroen Dijsselbloem

If implemented with determination, the deal will allow the Greek economy to return to growth.feedback

Alexis Tsipras

Despite the great difficulties that we have had throughout this period, despite the obstacle that some people even now seem intent on placing before us, I am optimistic.feedback

Alexis Tsipras

If this is not dealt with at a European level and there is no substantial help, you all understand that the situation is very hard to resolve.feedback

Alexis Tsipras

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

Christine Lagarde - International Monetary Fund

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

Stamatis Giannisis - Euronews

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

Stamatis Giannisis - Euronews

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

Stamatis Giannisis - Euronews

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

Giannisis Stamatis - Euronews

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

Maria Karaklioumi

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

Maria Karaklioumi

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

Alexis Tsipras

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

Alexis Tsipras

We have had a tough battle for six months now and we fought until the end for the best deal, an agreement that will allow the country to stand on its feet. We faced tough decisions. We took tough decisions to prevent the realisation of extreme demands from the most conservative circles in Europe.feedback

Pierre Moscovici - European Union

In the name of the European Commission, what I'm going to do is firstly to present an analysis of the financial risks for the eurozone. Secondly an analysis of the sustainability of Greek debt, then thirdly the needs which are very important to satisfy this programme. And that's the basis on which the ministers will have to make their decision.feedback

Stamatis Giannisis - Euronews

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

Alexis Tsipras

If a sovereign government does not have the right to choose its own solutions, then we'll have to adopt an extreme and anti-democratic ideology. That is to say that for countries in a bailout programme we don't have to hold elections, we'll have to appoint governments, appoint technocrats and those will be responsible for the decisions.feedback

Alexis Tsipras

I want to remind you Mr. Weber that the strongest moment of solidarity was in 1953 when your country came out indebted and looted after two world wars and Europe and all European countries showed the greatest solidarity in the 1953 London Agreement. And they decided to write off 60 percent of the German debt and agreed to a growth plan. That was the greatest moment of solidarity of recent European history.feedback

Alexis Tsipras

And you're right that in Greece there are past solutions that have to be removed like for example early retirement and we first took the initiative to remove this without being told by anyone.feedback

Alexis Tsipras

The Greek side will keep on trying, having in its arsenal the verdict of the Greek people, which was definite. The will of the Greek people is for a viable agreement which will end the discussion of a Grexit.feedback

Stamatis Giannisis - Euronews

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

Alexis Tsipras

We gave an example of democracy. What is needed now is the forging of our national unity, to unanimously shape a strong national front, to restore normalcy in the economy. We also need to immediately find a solution to the problems in the negotiations with our partners.feedback

Alexis Tsipras

We also need to send the message that our proposals are realistic and reasonable. We are in a position to promote immediately a meaningful negotiation to find a reliable solution and an honorable compromise for the good of Europe. Because we have to realise that Europe works through compromise and not through division.feedback

Apostolos Staikos - Euronews

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

Voula Kehagia

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

Alexis Tsipras

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

Alexis Tsipras

That Eurogroup decision has led to the European Central Bank curtailing the liquidity of the Greek banks, forcing the National Bank of Greece to suggest measures including a bank holiday and the restricting of withdrawals.feedback

Ed Dempsey - Pension Partners

Most of the Greek debt is held by the ECB or its surrogates and lastly Greece is not an economic issue. this is not an economic problem. Greece is roughly two percent of Euro zone GDP, a far smaller percent of world GDP. This is really an issue about confusion and how do markets tease out and deal with the confusion about what might happen.feedback

Alexis Tsipras

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

Alexis Tsipras

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

Alexis Tsipras

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

Alexis Tsipras

We want a comprehensive and viable solution that is accompanied by a strong growth package that will make the Greek economy viable. So that the country can stand on it's feet again. The ball is in the court of the European leadership.feedback

Alexis Tsipras

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

Efi Koutsokosta - Euronews

Although differences between the sides remain, the meeting of the three leaders confirmed that Greece and its European partners do still want a solution. The technical talks will now take precedence over the coming days with the next important meeting being held today between Alexis Tsipras and Commission President Jean Claude Juncker.feedback

Stamatis Giannisis - Euronews

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

Stamatis Giannisis - Euronews

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

Stamatis Giannisis - Euronews

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

Alexis Tsipras

We know these concessions will be difficult but we have submitted a realistic plan for Greece to exit the crisis.feedback

Alexis Tsipras

We have made many steps forward and we are on the final course, we are close to a deal… it is obvious, we need to stay calm and decisive. We are not alone, we have to deal with three different institutions with often contradictory views.feedback

Alexis Tsipras

The tragedy in Lampedusa and the shocking reality we face every day in the Aegean underline the need for the EU to develop an effective and human policy on immigration based on solidarity, particularly for the frontline Mediterranean countries.feedback

Alexis Tsipras

With the February 20 agreement, the need is recognised for a discussion to be opened on the necessary restructuring of our debt as without such an intervention, the truth is, it is impossible to repay it.feedback

Dimitri Sotiropoulos

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

Alexis Tsipras

Some have the nerve to talk about unilateral actions, and some in here have also repeated it. If they are doing it to frighten us, the answer is simple, they are not frightening us and this does not discourage us.feedback

Alexis Tsipras

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

Efi Koutsokosta - Euronews

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

Alexis Tsipras

We are at a critical point in the negotiations, critical and sensitive. We are submitting proposals and I hope we will pass this obstacle, which will give us the possibility to move forward.feedback

Alexis Tsipras

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

Jean-Claude Juncker - European Commission

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

Efi Koutsokosta - Euronews

The first Summit for Tsipras ended with a temporary truce despite the tensions provoked not by Germany but by his Spanish counterpart. Now the European partners are waiting to see what will happen during the negotiations over the weekend and of course the result of Monday's Eurogroup meeting.feedback

Alexis Tsipras

I take personal responsibility for an immediate solution, right after the democratic process. At the same time, I call on you to reinforce our negotiating effort: I am calling on you to say 'no' to the bailout conditions that are destroying Europe.feedback

Andreia Ghimis

The Greek bailout and the refugee crisis are two distinct dossiers. Also, Greece is one of the top beneficiaries of European funds set up to assist countries that are seeing disproportionately large influxes of asylum seekers.feedback

Nicolas Maduro

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

Alexis Tsipras

Greece cannot be blackmailed because democracy in Europe cannot be blackmailed.feedback

Dimitris Papadimoulis

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

Alexis Tsipras

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

Matteo Renzi

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

Janis Emmanouilidis

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

Alexis Tsipras

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

Yanis Varoufakis

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

Stamatis Giannisis - Euronews

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

Alexis Tsipras

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

Alexis Tsipras

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

Alexis Tsipras

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

Christine Lagarde - International Monetary Fund

I think we need to wait until Friday. See what the result of the election will be and then figure out what kind of coalition is put in place and then remind that country that it has made commitments to its European partners. To its creditors. And that's of the structural reforms that were to be implemented to restore the situation of the Greek economy.feedback

Alexis Tsipras

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

Alexis Tsipras

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

Alexis Tsipras

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

Alexis Tsipras

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

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