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Leader decision time

Leader decision time

Foreign officials are optimistic about the meeting of the three political leaders of the government. They believe they will agree to the measures of the 11.5-billion package of 2013-14.

Foreign officials are optimistic about the meeting of the three political leaders of the government. They believe they will agree to the measures of the 11.5-billion package of 2013-14.

PASOK and DIMAR leaders, Evangelos Venizelos and Fotis Kouvelis respectively, who held a private get-together earlier on Monday, are to see the premier, ND's Antonis Samaras, at the Maximos Mansion at 18:00 p.m. local.

Venizelos and Kouvelis wish to create a new frame of measures different from the one the premier is pushing forward, as they are deeply concerned about the further dramatic cuts in wages and pensions.

The PASOK head would rather look first into structural changes and privatizations, which would earn Greece between 6-7 billion euros by 2014, rather than take more and harsher measures for salaries, pensions and bonuses.

As for the latter, Venizelos wishes to ask the Troika for more time to adapt, which would take the country to 2016, and a relative package that would be decided this September. Sources say that he will also try to convince Kouvelis, so that they go to Samaras being on the same page.

If not, then the new cuts will affect the 13th and 14th salaries of the public servants.

Since early this morning, Greek Finance and Labour officials Stournaras, Staikouras, Mavraganis and Vroutsis have been discussing the aforementioned issues, together with PASOK representatives Koukoulopoulos, Protopapas, Sahinidis, Koutroumanis and their DIMAR colleague Chatzisokratis.
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