Samaras meets Roesler, hails intention for German investments

The intention for German investments in Greece must be considered a very significant development by all of us, main opposition New Democracy leader Antonis Samaras stressed on Friday after meeting visiting German vice-chancellor and economy and technology minister Philipp Roesler in Athens.

    Samaras met Roesler on the sidelines of the Greek-German business forum, noting afterward that they "spoke a common language that is, unfortunately, undermined and short-circuited by the government's economic policy."

    Questioned about possible changes to the decisions agreed by EU leaders on July 21 for a second bailout package for Greece, Samaras warned about the need to protect social insurance funds with investments in Greek state bonds.

    "As you remember, with the decision of July 21 the devil is in the details. But neither the liquidity of the Greek economy, where the number is an issue, nor the future of our social insurance funds are a detail. I hope that this government, which does not negotiate absolutely anything, is at least listening".

    ND sources said that the meeting between Samaras and Roesler was conducted in a friendly climate and that Samaras, in addition to developmental issues, also outlined his party's economic programme and emphasised the need to reduce taxes in order to allow growth.

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