to fulfill its obligations, for the achievement of financial objectives in the budget.
These targets have been agreed with the international lenders to the third memorandum, the Athens is faced with the acute refugee-immigration problem.
â€œThe issue of refugees and the programme of assistance to Greece, should not mix,â€ said today to Reuters, a spokesman for the German minister of Finance, Wolfgang Schaeuble. The representative asked about the proposal of the president of the European Parliament, Martin Schulz, in accordance with which, should be given more time in Greece, in order to solve the problems in the budget.
This idea of Schultz rejects and Manfred Weber, leader of the center-right European People’s Party, the largest political formation in the European Parliament. â€œAnyone who confuses the european policy of stability with the immigration crisis, playing with fire,â€ said Webber in local newspapers. â€œThe european rules on debt should not be weakened. This also applies to the reform programme in Greece,â€ he stressed.
Schultz, a leading member of the German social Democrats, in the government Merkel argues that the immigration crisis is affecting (negatively) the Greece more than other european countries, because of its geographical position, while causing bigger problems in the budget.
â€œTherefore we need to show greater flexibility in the application of the criteria to reduce the deficit,â€ stresses Martin Schultz.
Angela Merkel and Martin Schulz seem to agree on the granting of greater assistance to Greece. On the other hand, Wolfgang Schaeuble, and Manfred Weber placed more hard towards the achievement of the objectives of the Greek economic programme, Ï€ÏÎ¿Î´Î¹Î±Î³ÏÎ¬Ï†Î¿Î½Ï„Î±Ï‚ the dividing lines within the German government and the EU, for the effective treatment of the refugee-migrant crisis, but around the program of financial assistance to Greece.
Yesterday’s interview with Merkel
Greece must implement its promise and offers accommodations to 50,000 refugees, while the European Union will have to help Athens to reach this goal, said German chancellor Angela Merkel in an interview with the quotes which Ï€ÏÎ¿Î´Î·Î¼Î¿ÏƒÎ¹ÎµÏÎ¸Î·ÎºÎ±Î½ today.
Austria, one of the last passages to Germany for hundreds of thousands of refugees and migrants, has recently imposed border restrictions, sparking a chain reaction in Europe and causing the entrapment of tens of thousands of refugees and migrants in Greece.
â€œInitially, Greece would have had to shape spaces of accommodation for 50,000 refugees by the end of 2015,â€ said Merkel in the German newspaper tabloid â€œBild am Sontag.â€ â€œPending this, it should be resolved now with the speed of light, as the Greek government must guarantee decent living conditions,â€ he stressed.
The German chancellor, under pressure to reduce the number of refugee flows into the country, after the entrance of more than a million. immigrants in Germany the previous year, indicating that Greece must accept more help from other european countries.
â€œI know from my conversations with prime minister Alexis Tsipras that he wants to do this, but needs our help. That’s why the EU needs and will support Greece in a spirit of solidarity,â€ said Merkel.
He also stressed that Austria and the countries of the Balkans must take responsibility for this change of the situation in Greece, after the unilateral decision to impose border controls.
Tsipras has accused Austria and the balkan countries that â€œare destroying Europe,â€ with the imposition of border restrictions in order to limit the flow of migrants heading north of Greece.
On the other hand, the Bavarian ally of Merkel, Horst Î–ÎµÎµÏ‡ÏŒÏ†ÎµÏ, argues that the imposition of border controls from Austria, but other countries were for the good of Germany since it reduced the number of arrivals to the territory.
â€œThis is a turning point in the refugee policy, due to the isolation of large sections in the path of the Balkans,â€ said the Î–ÎµÎµÏ‡ÏŒÏ†ÎµÏ in the magazine â€œDer Spiegel.â€