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Samaras visits Berlin today

Samaras visits Berlin today

MP Byron Poudoras who returned with statements for cooperating with the Golden Dawn and the need to develop a front against the Troika and the Memorandum

He will not see Merkel individually – Intraparty headache for Viron Polidoras continues

MP Byron Poudoras who returned with statements for cooperating with the Golden Dawn and the need to develop a front against the Troika and the Memorandum, is causing an intraparty headache for Antonis Samaras.

Although Maximos Mansion clarified that there is no possibility of cooperation with Golden Dawn, Polidoras insisted with new statements that bring the question of his exclusion by the party leadership. He did answer for this possibility as well, saying that it will be a relief and that an MP who is forced to vote memorandums is not free. But there is also a chance of increase in underground communications between ND members and Michaloliakos’ party who might make others follow the example of Polidoras. If Samaras does not erase him, he runs the risk to be criticized not only by SYRIZA but from PASOK which up until a month ago had made the struggle against the neo-nazi phenomenon a top priority.

These statements come at a difficult time for the Greek government as it is in the middle of a negotiation with the Troika that will bring new measures. The Greek government is trying to avoid wage and pension cuts and save the necessary funds through tax increases and further cuts in social services so as to avoid their rejection in the Parliament.

Lenders recognize the sacrifices of the Greek people, but increasingly demand more and show no inclination to ease the budget stability program despite the fact that their claims pose a risk of destabilization foe the political system.

Although Merkel called Samaras to avoid elections after the withdrawal of the Democratic Left, the inexorable pressure for implementation of the program has not been reduced.

So Samaras will be in Berlin today, where he will take part in the EU event for tackling youth unemployment and will meet with Merkel and French President François Hollande.

Om Thursday he will have a meeting at Maximos Mansion with Troika in an attempt to convince them to close the leftover issues in order to get the next tranche of the loan, which will be decided at the Eurogroup on Monday. The pending issues will be included in a bill to be tabled rushed until then.
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