“The release of the fourth loan instalment for Greece has proven wrong all those in the country and abroad who predicted the worst. It constitutes a clear message that we have nothing to fear of for as long as we are consistent, meet our goals and continue our efforts united,” government spokesman Giorgos Petalotis stressed on Friday, underlining that there will be no more salary and pension cuts.

As regards the extension of the repayment period for the 110-billion-euro bailout, he referred to the decision reached in principle in the Eurogroup and the EU summit meeting, adding that “there are still a number of parameters that we are fighting for”.

He characterized the interest rate discussion as untimely and stressed that the snap election talk does not concern the government.

Petalotis also underlined the great necessity for consensus on all levels and mostly within the Greek society.