Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras addressed the Concordia Summit on Tuesday, focusing on the global challenges in which a “transnational crisis has shifted to national governments”. He referenced three problems that Europe faces: the migrant crisis, a security crisis from North Africa to the Middle East and an economic crisis.
“It was in fact the management of the 2008 economic crisis that marked a shift to the logic of nationalizing economic problems,” he said, lamenting that though the “European Union was itself a historical product of political cooperation”, it has shifted the problems of a transnational crisis onto national governments.
He referred to five strengths that Greece has as:
1. a stabilizing factor;
2. a controller of the migration flow;
3. a crucial energy trade hub;
4. the pursuer of a multi-dimensional active foreign policy to allow for stability;
5. the pillar of stability in the Mediterranean and broader region.
Tsipras said that last year Greece made bold steps to secure its economic and political stability, whereas this year it is exiting from recession to economic recovery with Grexit being history and growth insight before he highlighted the opportunities for investment.
He added that by the end of the year measures for the reduction of debt will be announced as a clear message to investors that Greece has returned to the market and the years of the crisis are over. He said that by the end of 2016, the horizon will be clear. This will be necessary so that Greece can return to the markets in 2017 and is a responsibility of international creditors so that the curtains can fall on the modern Greek tragedy.