“Tension between Europeans”
Paris, Jan. 30: The Monde.fr– the online edition of Le Monde, has drawn attention towards Greece with the news item titled “Greece: first little tension between Europeans”
The news by Cecile Ducourtieux says: Germany’s Martin Schulz, President of the European Parliament Thursday, Dutchman Jeroen Dijsselbloem, the President of the Eurogroup (Ministers of Finance of the euro area) on Friday. Europeans flock to Athens to meet Alexis Tsipras, the leader of the party of the anti-austerity Syriza radical left, since he was appointed prime minister on Monday, January 26.
These openings, The Monde.fr says, are widely shared in Brussels, where we know there is need to find a solution with Greece, in order to avoid a “Grexit”, an exit of Greece from the euro zone, which nobody wants. But a line of “divide” begins to appear. There have been hasty meetings in recent hours, especially at the initiative of the Social Democrats.
The online edition of Le Monde further points out that in the conservative camp, there are fears of the formation of a front led by the democrats which could be a little too accommodating to Athens.
Schulz made the trip, not to initiate any negotiations on the huge Greek debt (320 billion euros, 175% of GDP), but “to renew dialogue, after communication problems during the Greek parliamentary elections ” explains his entourage.
In early December 2014, Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission, had, in effect supported Antonis Samaras, the former Prime Minister, before cautiously keeping silent when the campaign really started.
“I learned from our conversation that the Greeks did not intend to take unilateral decisions on their debt, but they want to negotiate constructively with their partners. The government of Mr. Tsipras wants to work in a spirit of partnership , “said Mr Schulz in Athens, Wednesday afternoon.