Papandreou confers with Commission chief ahead of Thursday's summit

Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou held talks here on Wednesday afternoon with European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso, ahead of Thursday's extraordinary EU summit in the Belgian capital.
The talks lasted for one hour and thirty minutes and no statements were made afterwards. According to Greek diplomatic sources, the premier presented to the Commission president the Greek positions "underlining the particular importance it has for Greece the Greek public debt's viability, the banks' liquidity and the gradual decrease of the burden on the citizens' shoulders."  

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PM has phone conversation with former U.S. president Bill Clinton
Prime Minister George Papandreou on Wednesday contacted former U.S. President Bill Clinton on the telephone, shortly before his departure for Brussels to attend Thursday's emergency Eurozone summit.
According to sources the call, which was made just three days after Papandreou held talks with U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in Athens, was chiefly about the current financial crisis threatening Greece and Europe. (Continued on next page)
Bill Clinton apparently agreed with Papandreou's view that the Eurozone meeting must yield some kind of solution to Greece's debt problem and he expressed his support for the efforts made by the Greek government in order to exit the crisis, and for the Greek people who are being asked to make sacrifices toward this goal.
On Wednesday afternoon, the Greek premier is scheduled to have series of bilateral meetings.

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