Opposition parties react to 'secret' meeting in Luxembourg

The opposition parties on Saturday reacted to an informal meeting in Luxembourg on Friday evening chaired by Eurogroup president Jean-Claude Juncker of the finance ministers of the eurozone countries participating in the G20, which was also attended by Greek finance minister George Papaconstantinou.
"The real subject of the secret meeting remains a mystery," main opposition New Democracy (ND) spokesman Yiannis Michelakis charged, and accused the government of "finally confirming, at midnight yesterday (Friday)", that the finance minister took part in a "secret meeting" in Luxembourg.

The government, he added, has the duty of clearly and responsibly informing the public on the "negotiations that have been taking place since yesterday afternoon in Luxembourg", adding that "at this critical time, minced words and vagueness do not help".

The Communist Party of Greece (KKE) called on the Greek people to "realise that the government and the political system in general, together with the plutocracy, are posing as the victims of an attack, while the reality is that the are competing day and night with the corresponding forces in the EU for who will benefit more from the bankruptcy of the people".

That, the KKE said, is the substance of the Der Spiegel article and the meeting in Luxembourg and of other similar meetings that will follow "and which the government is concealing".

Popular Orthodox Rally (LAOS), in a statement, said that the vagueness of the finance ministry's first announcement on the extraordinary meeting in Luxembourg chaired by Juncker, in conjunction with the timing of its issue, at midnight Friday, intensify the fears and agonies of the sorely-tried Greek people.

LAOS called for clarifications because "Monday morning may be hiding surprises".

The Coalition of the radical Left (SYRIZA parliamentary alliance) said that the panic sparked by the Der Spiegel article once again indicated the very difficult and marginal situation into which Greece has entered due to the failed policy of the Memorandum.

SYRIZA said the situation is "aggravated by the persistence in that very same policy and from the secret discussions on restructuring (of the Greek debt) by a government that lacks popular legitimacy and credibility".

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