Greek PM Tsipras and Macron Meet on European Council Sidelines

Thursday, June 22nd, 2017
Last Update: 22:47

French President Emmanuel Macron expressed satisfaction with the June15 Eurogroup’s decision on Greece during a meeting with Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras on the sidelines of the European Council on Thursday.

Tsipras later posted comments and photographs of the meeting on his @PrimeministerGR Twitter account, including one of himself, Macron and Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades talking together. In his tweet, Tsipras said he had “an opportunity to speak with the French President Macron about the results of the recent Eurogroup and about developments in the Cyprus issue, together with Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades.”

Sources reporting on the meeting said Macron had spoken of “a very good result” and that Tsipras had thanked the French president for his support.“We aren’t done yet but the path has been opened,” Macron was quoted as saying, while Tsipras highlighted the need to “proceed together with cautious steps.”

During their discussion, Macron also expressed a desire to visit Greece and they agreed to stay in contact in order to find the best possible time, so that the visit brings about the best possible result.

Left-Right distinction remains dominant political differentiation in Europe

Earlier, addressing a preparatory meeting of the Party of European Socialists (PES), Tsipras said the distinction between Left and Right remains the dominant political differentiation in Europe, according to government sources.

He said his view is confirmed by the election results in the United Kingdom, adding that “the defeat of the extreme-right in France and the rest of Europe is the most important message.” The same sources said he noted that “those who are counting on the continuing hegemony of the neoliberal Right are wrong, because it [the Right] constitutes the cause of the birth and not the defeat of anti-Europeanism.”

He also stressed the need for progressive forces to make their mark in the debate on the new architecture of Europe, adding that strong commitments and actions are needed to strengthen Europe’s social dimension.

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