Government spokesman Giorgos Petalotis on Tuesday referred to the public transport strikes that plagued commuters in the greater Athens area this week, while again ruling out the likelihood of snap elections.

Additionally, the spokesman dismissed a report in the German magazine Der Spiegel, which claimed that a discussion is underway for a constitutionally guaranteed deficit ceiling.

Speaking to a private radio station in Athens, Petalotis referred to the problems created by the public transport strikes, stressing that “this ugly situation in public transports cannot be allowed to continue ...decisions will be made very soon”.

He underlined that “the government is not a mere observer ... we are exhausting all means available to ensure that there will be dialogue… which should not be considered as a sign of weakness”.

He once again ruled out the likelihood of snap elections, underlining that there is no reason for elections.

Referring to a relevant magazine report, the spokesman also stated that there is no question of a constitutionally guaranteed deficit ceiling.