PES leader addresses PASOK National Council

Poul Nyrup Rasmussen, former Danish prime minister and President of the Party of European Socialists (PES), said in his address to the ruling PASOK party's National Council that "the Panhellenic Socialist Movement and we socialists in the rest of Europe are those who have to face the problems we inherited."

As he said, the socialists are creating bridges between the future and the daily conditions and for this reason "we must realise that we must create this bridge with the future, otherwise others will decide the future for us."

Rasmussen added that PASOK "under George Papandreou will be able to guide Greece and take it out of the crisis and stressed that the success and the destiny of Greece are the success and the destiny of the rest in Europe.

The PES leader further said that in the meeting of the party's leaders on Friday night and on Saturday he will be presenting an alternative plan to that of German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Nicolas Sarkozy. According to it, if in parallel with the attention on fiscal restructuring there is also a margin for investmnents, "in the next 10 years there shall be a huge difference between their and our Europe."

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