Meeting of the Group of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats (S&D) leaders ahead of the European Council of the 25-26 March 2010
End production: 25/03/2010 First transmission: 25/03/2010
This video shows the arrivals of George Papandreou, Greek Prime Minister, and Catherine Ashton, High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the EC, at the meeting of the Group of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats, which took place on 25 March 2010, in Brussels. Martin Schulz, Chair of the Group of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats in the European Parliament, Poul Nyrup Rasmussen, President of the Party of European Socialist, and George Papandreou, made statements on Greek crisis.
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||Policemen wiith horses
||Soundbite by Poul Nyrup Rasmussen, President of the Party of European Socialists (in ENGLISH): the message to the European Council today would be: Stop splitting Europe; stop letting the markets of financial speculation pressing our member states around. Not only Greece, but we have recently seen that Portugal is under attack; who’s next? So the major message today is: Stop giving the financial markets speculators new possibilities attacking our welfare states, creating unemployment and begin to make decisions tonight on growth and stopping speculations, and on being solidaristic with Greece and every other member country under attack; this is a moment for decisions, not a moment of hesitations; we already missed two months of decisions; now we need to decide based on solidarity, based on jobs, and based on framing and stopping the speculations; this is what all is about tonight.
||Poul Nyrup Rasmussen, speaking with the journalists
||Arrival of George Papandreou, Greek Prime Minister
||Soundbite by George Papandreou (in ENGLISH): we already are seeing tangible results in the first two months since we are applying these programme; we have very important results comparative to last year, so we are in a positive track, we are on the right track, and I will like to thanks every one for so many positive comments of solidarity and support for this; at the same time, we know that we are on the right track and we will move ahead; whatever the decisions will be taken today, Greece will move ahead, and in a positive manner and in the right direction; of course today the challenge is an European one; it is an European one to make sure that we will fortify the Euro zone, we strengthen the euro currency and we stabilize the euro currency in the EU; and in doing so make shore that this path for Europe is also a prosper and a stable one.
||Arrival of Catherine Ashton, High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the EC
||Soundbite by Martin Schulz, Chair of the Group of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats in the European Parliament (in GERMAN) saying that he hopes that the European Council deals with the subject, that there is going to be a meeting of the Euro zone and that the Greek crisis will not remain on the Council's agenda; the solution is that finally a solidarity pact will be decided for Greece, because a solidarity pact will work as a security net for Greece; the Greek State has not demanded any money, which is something that the German Government in Berlin keeps telling; the opinion that the German tax payers have to pay money for Greece is totally false; the solidarity to Greece needs to be guaranteed so that it can borrow money under the same conditions as Germany for example, with 3 per cent interest; if this solidarity pact is not provided, Greece will have to pay 6,5 per cent in interests, something that will cancel the saving measures of Papandreou Government; therefore, the solidarity pact would be in his opinion a good example and a positive signal if it is going to be adopted by the Council.
He thinks that a pact of solidarity with Greece should be decided; that means not an other country should give money to Greece; Greece has made a lot of efforts with a lot of strong and severe measures, highly controversial in their own country, but with a lot of benefit from their own budget; so they are improving their financial situation; to have to support them by giving guarantees that can lead to the fact that they can loan money in the international markets to the same conditions and same interest rates like other countries; Germany pays 3%; Greece 6.5%; so to reduce it and to put Greece in the framework of mutual assistance and solidarity; that should be decided today (3 shots)