Mossialos reiterates necessity of consensus on major issues

Government spokesman Elias Mossialos on Monday stressed that consensus on the major issues is necessary, but charged that main opposition New Democracy had not given any such indications.
Speaking on private Real FM radio station, Mossialos said that deep consensus procedures are necessary that will be tried in action, before anything else is discussed, replying to a question on the prospect of co-governance.
He added that there is no "culture of consensus" in Greece, as the prevailing perception is that someone wins and someone loses in a consensus process, while the public interest does not appear to benefit from it.
On the reported imminent merger of Eurobank and Alpha Bank, Greece's second and third largest banks, Mossialos said that larger sizes in the Greek banking market are useful in order to boost liquidity, given that it is the banking system that can lead to a jump start of the economy.
On information of the participation of Qatari capital in the new banking scheme to arise from the merger, Mossialos said that the banking system is international and the inflow of foreign capital is a vote of confidence in the Greek economy.

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