Politics: ND leader at EPP's summit

Main opposition New Democracy (ND) party leader Antonis Samaras remained steadfast on his position on the need for a different economic policy mixture for the exit from the crisis, despite intense pressures exerted on him during the summit meeting of the European People's Party (EPP) in Brussels on Thursday.
The ND leader reiterated to his counterparts that he agrees with the targets and the fiscal restructuring means, meaning with the elimination of the deficit, the curbing of the debt, the decrease in state extravagance and the structural changes.

He pointed out that all these constitute proposals of his party, proposals that ND has supported and will continue to support in the Greek Parliament as well.

Samaras clarified that he is demanding much more than the government can do both in privatisations and in the state's property utilisation, but he clarified that ND disagrees with the policy mixture that has already led to a deep and prolonged recession, that has paralysed the economy and has annulled the restructuring programme.
He admitted that "most of the European leaders remained steadfast to their positions" but made it clear that he will not vote for the Medium-term programme.

Samaras concluded that "however, the judge of every economic programme are its results. And the judge of all of us are the Greek people."

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