PM briefs president; calls for 'realistic' proposals from opposition parties

President of Republic Karolos Papoulias on Wednesday received  Prime Minister George Papandreou at the presidential mansion in Athens, a closely watched meeting a day after the former's consultations with political leaders.
After the meeting, Papandreou told reporters that he remains open to any good idea and proposal from other parties, as long as it is realistic, fair, effective and developmental.

The prime minister said that despite whatever gloomy predictions amid the current difficult juncture, sacrifices have not been in vain, adding that the government will continue its work with determination, while his priority remains a national consensus.

"The government is determined, and this is a guarantee for the people, to keep Greece within the European Union's hard core."

He declined to answer repeated press questions about the recently emerged issue of a possible referendum on the Memorandum or even the country's European outlook, a development mostly fueled by press speculation over the past week. 

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