Continuous Meetings Within Greek Gov’t for Monday’s Eurogroup



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The Greek government is in a series of feverish meetings ahead of Monday’s Eurogroup and after technical discussions with lenders’ representatives resulted with Athens asked to make more concessions on pension laws.

General Secretary of Social Security Giorgos Romanias said on Greek television on Saturday that creditors demand the retirement age to be 67, which is one of the red lines the Greek government has set.

At the same time, German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble and Eurogroup President Jeroen Dijsellbloem have made recent statements saying that it is very unlikely that there will be any kind of agreement on Monday’s meeting of euro zone finance ministers.

On Saturday, Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras had a long meeting with Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis and Government Vice President Yiannis Dragasakis.

Dragasakis spoke to Efimerida ton Syntakton newspaper and said that he is for a clean solution to the Greek debt problem, and that means an agreement that would allow for the reconstruction of society, economy and governing of Greece.

The VP said that the Greek banking system needs a shock and from there on banks should operate for society’s benefit and economic development is an absolute necessity. The agreement we’re seeking, Dragasakis said, should be such that Greek people should start looking forward to a better future.