Main opposition New Democracy (ND) severely criticized the government on Monday, during a regular briefing by its press spokesman Yiannis Michelakis.

The ND press officer criticized deputy finance minister Filippos Sahinidis' recent invitation to the political parties to submit their proposals on the economy, and in particular the latter's statement that the parties do not have the correct figures at their disposal, and countered: "The figures that the parties have are the figures that have been officially released".

Michelakis also reiterated that ND has already submitted "full and very specific" proposals.

"PASOK cannot say that there are no proposals," he said, and charged that the prime minister is following a "policy of asphyxiation that is destroying the country's social fabric".

Samaras confers with central bank chief

Main opposition New Democracy (ND) leader Antonis Samaras met on Monday with Bank of Greece (BoG) governor George Provopoulos to discuss the Greek economy.

Speaking to reporters after the meeting, Samaras said that they discussed the problems faced by the Greek economy, as well as the stability and liquidity of the banking system.

"The market is thirsting for liquidity," Samaras added.

ND leader Samaras to meet ECB president Trichet Wednesday

Main opposition New Democracy (ND) leader Antonis Samaras will be meeting European Central Bank (ECB) president Jean-Claude Trichet in Frankfurt on Wednesday.

The ND leader will also visit Madrid next week where he will be holding talks with Spain's opposition Popular Party leader Mariano Rajoy.