Greek finance minister and government vice president Evangelos Venizelos said that the 8 billion euros sixth tranche of the EU-IMF bailout loan to Greece is secured, given that the Greek government is taking such tough decisions and the Greek people are shouldering such great burdens, in an interview appearing in a Sunday newspaper. Venizelos, in an interview with "To Vima" newspaper, Venizelos said it is necessary to send a clear message abroad that Greece can and wants to exit the crisis.
Acknowledging that the measures being taken by the Greek government, in agreement with the European Commission (EC), European Central Bank (ECB) and International Monetary Fund (IMF) troika, are many and tough, he made it clear, however, that from the moment that the government is taking such tough decisions and the Greek people are shouldering such great responsibilities, the sixth tranche is secured.
He added that he is prepared to put up with humiliation and accept the obvious political cost, provided that the country is saved.
"Personally, it is my obligation to accept humiliation, if it benefits the country. What is important is that my country is not humiliated," he said, and severely criticised main opposition New Democracy (ND) leader Antonis Samaras of populism, and called on him to state clearly whether "he is in favor of fiscal consolidation and tax justice or encourages the rear-guard battle being given by the forces of tax evasion and the black economy".