Gov’t spokeswoman rejects talk on unity government

4 December 2015
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Government spokeswoman Olga Gerovasili dismissed on Friday reports it is considering forming a unity government, saying the coalition will continue its work based on the result of the last elections.

“The government … is not going to apologize to every party leader who wants to enter power from the window,” she said in an interview with Skai TV, adding that the government only asked for talks with other parties and not for support or consensus.

Commenting on the imminent social security reforms, Gerovasili described them as a “national issue” and noted that there will not be any horizontal pension cuts. “Faced with the great national question, the pension issue, we say that there will not be any horizontal cuts or cuts on the main pension. This is the assurance given by the ministry,” she explained and added that the technical aspects cannot be presented before the government forms an opinion.

Asked about the refugee crisis and the criticism leveled against the country, the spokeswoman said Greece is fulfilling its obligations adequately and cited the summit meetings on the refugee issue which recognize its efforts.

Referring to reports alleging Greece could be suspended from Schengen, Gerovasili said that those speaking of Grexit or Greece’s exit from Schengen are the people who might not want the unity of the EU, and these people hurt the EU as well as Greece.

“Greece has asked Frontex’s help with official requests in September and October, for both human resources and technical assistance. From all we requested, the truth is Frontex responded to about 1/10,” she said.

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