Greece facing ‘two simultaneous crises’ says Mitsotakis

11 March 2016
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Greece was facing “two simultaneous crises”, on an economic and humanitarian level, opposition leader Kyriakos Mitsotakis told US business news network CNBC.

“On the economic front we are struggling to meet our commitments and this government seems incapable of returning the Greek economy to a sustainable growth path. And at the same time we are faced with an unprecedented crisis on the migration side,” Mitsotakis noted.

The opposition leader said that while the country had admitted over a million refugees and migrants over the last year, its neighbors were closing borders leaving thousands stranded in Greece. A solution should be reached at a European level with the cooperation of Turkey, said Mitsotakis, although he expressed doubt over a proposed deal between the two sides regarding the flow of refugees.

“Greece needs not only more economic assistance but it needs its European partners to step up to the plate. This is a European problem, it cannot be solved by Greece alone,” he said. “Frankly, all the commitments to relocate refugees out of Greece have come to nothing so unless the European countries show some real leadership we’re not going to find a sustainable solution.”

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