Tagged: Tsipras

PM ‘isolated’ at Rome summit over bailout talks, EU statement

With uncertainty growing over dragging bailout talks, Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras arrived in Rome on Thursday for a European Union leaders’ summit on Saturday that aims to declare unity as Brexit looms. Although Tsipras has no planned meetings on the sidelines of the summit tomorrow, his aides indicated that he may meet some officials to […]

Greek PM heralds another corruption probe, into health

Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras heralded the creation of a parliamentary committee to investigate alleged cases of corruption and gross mismanagement in the Greek state health sector, which is on the brink of collapse, according to industry experts. In comments to Parliament during PM’s Question Time on Friday, Tsipras referred to “clouds gathering over the health […]

Prospects for deal in bailout talks get more distant

After yet another round of inconclusive bailout talks in Athens, Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said he believed a comprehensive deal with creditors could be reached by April while taking a dig at the International Monetary Fund over its tough stance on labor rights. In comments to reporters at the end of a summit of European […]

Envoys leave without deal, Merkel slams Greece over refugee response

Representatives of Greece’s international creditors were expected to leave the capital on Friday without having reached an agreement with government officials on contentious issues including pension reform and overhauls to labor rights and the tax system. Despite the insistence by European officials that a conclusion of the bailout review is unlikely before May, the Greek […]

Tsipras, Trump to speak on phone in coming days

Athens and Washington are engaged in consultations to set up a telephone conversation between Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and US President Donald Trump over the next few days, Kathimerini understands. The government is attaching great significance to the conversation in its bid to get a clearer picture of Trump’s position on several issues, not least […]

Lagarde-Tsipras: They still don’t seem to agree

Although there was an understanding on Monday’s Eurogroup and a relatively good climate between the Institutions and the Greek government, the IMF Director Christine Lagarde is saying that we are not on the right path. According to mignatiou.com, he said that she told the Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, during a phone call they had, […]

PM defends government’s record in fight against graft

Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras clashed in Parliament on Friday with the leader of centrist Potami, Stavros Theodorakis, in a debate about the government’s declared war on corruption. Tsipras claimed that his administration has done more in two years than New Democracy and PASOK did in 40. “We don’t claim to have a magic wand,” Tsipras […]

As gov’t, ND clash over Paris trip, L’Oreal confirms meeting with PM

As officials of the government and the main opposition New Democracy continued to trade barbs over allegations by ND that Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras used the prime ministerial jet for a private visit to Paris, a spokesperson for L’Oréal told Kathimerini that Tsipras had a “private” meeting with L’Oréal Paris executives. In her comments to […]

Tsipras in Parliament: IMF’s demands unreasonable; review will conclude without capitulation

A Parliament debate on Wednesday over bank loans to political parties and mass media quickly deviated into the now burning issue of the delayed second review of the Greek program and growing uncertainty on the economic front. “Asking for (snap) elections before the review is concluded is either reckless or useful idiocy,” Prime Minister Alexis […]

Greek PM takes high road in response to Turkish threats

In what was seen as a response to a recent proliferation of Turkish provocations, Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said Tuesday that the future of the Balkans and the wider region can only be built on the foundation of international law and mutual respect, dialogue and cooperation. Speaking during a visit to Belgrade, Tsipras added that […]

In letter to Tsipras, Verhofstadt appeals against extradition of Turkish officers

In a letter to Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, Guy Verhofstadt, the leader of the European Parliament’s Liberal group, appealed against the prospect of Greece extraditing eight Turkish military officers whose fate is to be decided by the Greek Supreme Court this week. Underlining the need to “preserve and fully respect the fundamental European values and […]

Tsipras sends firm message to Ankara during annual ceremony

Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras on Friday sought to send a message of unity during the annual Blessing of the Waters ceremony while sending a clear message to Ankara that Greece remains determined to protect its borders. In a speech in Alexandroupolis, Tsipras said he extended a message of “friendship toward all peoples,” noting that Greece […]

PM warns EU of uncertainty, rules out elections

Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras on Wednesday dismissed claims that he is preparing for snap elections as “nonsense” as he urged Greece’s lenders to show more flexibility or risk further instability in Europe. Speaking on the second day of his trip to Crete, which some have likened to an election campaign visit, Tsipras insisted that he […]

Berlin gives Tsipras the cold shoulder

Greek hopes of a political solution to the standoff between Athens and the European Stability Mechanism (ESM) with the help of Angela Merkel were dashed yesterday after the German chancellor told Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras that a decision on the matter lies not with Berlin but the country’s creditors – the European Commission, the European […]

Varoufakis takes aim at Tsipras’s legacy

After claiming on Tuesday that the German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble had decided to oust the New Democracy government in June 2014, Yanis Varoufakis on Wednesday predicted Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras’s legacy will be tarnished by his policy of essentially giving up everything to the country’s creditors in the name of the next bailout installment. […]

Polls or parliamentary vote on table as pressure mounts for more austerity

As it became abundantly clear in the aftermath of last Monday’s Eurogroup, any deal Athens strikes with the country’s international creditors that includes the participation of the International Monetary Fund will be accompanied by the demand for steep primary budget surpluses for three to five years beyond 2018. Given the tough measures this will entail, […]

Tsipras will visit Abu Dhabi and Jerusalem

Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras will visit Abu Dhabi from Friday until Sunday where he is expected to meet with French President Francois Hollande and Mohammed bin Zayed Al-Nahyan, the crown prince of Abu Dhabi. Tsipras will participate in a UNESCO conference for the protection of cultural heritage organized by the United Arab Emirates and France. […]

Tsipras lauds Christians and Muslims in Thrace

Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said Friday that the coexistence of Christians and Muslims in Thrace is cause for optimism in the face of new challenges the world is faced with. Tsipras made his remarks during a visit with Education Minister Costas Gavroglou to a state-run music school in the town of Komotini, northeastern Greece, which […]

Tsipras, Juncker discuss bailout as Moscovici to visit

With the government now set on securing a “political decision” at the upcoming summit of eurozone finance ministers on December 5, as a conclusion of the bailout review remains out of reach, Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras discussed the progress of economic reforms Friday with European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker. EC spokesman Margaritis Schinas confirmed that […]

Obama’s visit: Fear of globalisation the common thread behind Brexit, Trump votes, Obama says

Brexit and the results of the U.S. presidential election reflected a shift toward populism arising from a growing inequality and people’s concerns over globalisation, U.S. President Barack Obama said on Tuesday (15/11/2016), while answering questions during a joint press conference with Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras in Athens. “We have to deal with issues like […]