We are moving to the restructuring of our country, PM Tsipras says “We are moving to the restructuring of our country, overcoming the crisis and recovering our sovereignty,” Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said in an article to “Avghi” newspaper on Sunday. “Greece will make the big step forward. It will win the battle of democracy, restructuring, social justice and solidarity, paving the way for Europe to follow suit,” he underlined. The prime minister described January 25 as a historic day. “It is the day when the Greek people proudly decided to change course and made the left party responsible for leading that long, difficult and hopeful course. A course of economic, productive and social restructuring based on the establishment of a credible and socially fair state, the strengthening of democratic institutions and a more efficient public administration on the side of the citizens,” he stated. “We knew that this would be a painful effort and that we would have to conflict with powerful vested interests and pathogenies that led the country to the brink of destruction,” he said adding that “we are proud we can continue the battle from better positions, aimed at ending the crisis with justice and democracy.” Tsipras underlined that this struggle that started in Greece was a struggle for all of Europe. “But we are not alone in Europe anymore. We are moving ahead with alliances that are continuously strengthened, changing the correlations,” he noted.
Tsipras said that the second year of governance “will mark the rupture with the old regime,” adding that the program review will be successfully concluded and the procedure for debt relief is being accelerated. “We proceed to the restructuring of our country overcoming our crisis and regaining sovereignty,” said the prime minister. “With faith in our strength and support to the Greek people, we will succeed. Greece will make the great step forward. It will win the battle of democracy, reconstruction, social justice and solidarity, paving the way for all Europe,” he concluded. 2 Weekend News Bulletin Refugee issue dominates interministerial meeting The refugee issue dominated an interministerial meeting chaired by Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras on Saturday evening. The ministers participating in the meeting decided to speed up the construction of hotspots on Samos, Lesvos, Chios, Kos and Leros as well as the two relocation centres. Greece will have met its commitments by the next EU summit, according to the prime minister’s press office which also stressed the importance of the EU and the European institutions to show the same responsibility. State Minister Flambouraris rules out the withdrawal of pension reforms bill “The government is not discussing the withdrawal of the bill on pension reforms,” State Minister Alekos Flambouraris said in an interview with RealNews newspaper on Sunday. Flambouraris underlined that the social security reforms are “absolutely necessary and urgent.”
“Unless reforms are made, funds will not be in a position to grant pensions in the next few years,” he said and added: “The government is discussing any proposal that can really improve the social security system.” Regarding the reactions of the society, the State Minister cleared out that the government does not need polarization and expressed the view that the society is not against the government, because it recognizes that the government policy seeks “to defend the interests of the overwhelming majority of the Greek people, especially of low incomers.” New Democracy leader Mitsotakis stresses need for reforms to the benefit of many New Democracy leader Kyriakos Mitsotakis in an interview with “Proto Thema” newspaper stressed the need for reforms to the benefit of the many. “I do not want to produce wealth for wealth, but to create social solidarity reserve. Our goal should be the welfare of citizens,” he underlined.