Alternate Culture Minister Telemahos Hytiris, speaking in Corfu where he is representing the government at celebrations marking the anniversary of the union of the Eptanissa islands with Greece in 1864, sent a message of unity.
In a statement made after a parade, Hytiris said "the people must be united in this difficult period of the economic crisis, that is unprecedented for our country. We must rise to the occasion."

Referring to the politicians, he said that for the crisis to be handled they must show wisdom and consensus.