President Karolos Papoulias opened the political leaders’ meeting on Friday with an appeal for political leaders to realise the gravity of the situation and allow a national understanding to prevail. Addressing the five political party leaders attending the meeting, Papoulias said “this is a moment of big decisions and it is important to reach an understanding”, according to ANA-MPA sources.
He underlined that political powers have a historic duty to reach an understanding and stressed that “there is room for convergence on important issues”.

According to the same sources, Papoulias repeated that social cohesion must be preserved and the financially weak should be protected.

Afterwards, Finance Minister George Papaconstantinou and Foreign Minister Dimitris Droutsas took the stand and outlined the economic situation and the international environment the country is up against.