Austrian Chancellor calls for the EU to stand by Greece

Austrian Chancellor calls for the EU to stand by Greece

Athens, January 28, 2015/ Independent Balkan News Agency

By Spiros Sideris

“Whoever loves Democracy and man must do what can be done, so that life in Greece is compatible with human dignity”, said Austrian Chancellor Werner Faymann in an interview on public Austrian Radio, while in his statements at noon after the cabinet meeting in Vienna, he asked for talks on the so-called Grexit to stop.

In his interview, the Chancellor and leader of the Austrian Social Democrats said the new Greek government can now bring order, where necessary, the financial services to actually collect taxes, in particular from those who have a very large property and or who simply do not pay taxes, or leave the country.

According to Faymann, much can be done to combat fraud, the taxation of large property and generally what is called social justice.

He also rejects a Greek exit from the euro and the European Union as well, since as he noted, the threatened poverty wave following this exit leads to extremes and therefore “whoever loves Democracy and man must do what can be done, so that life in Greece is compatible with human dignity”.

Austrian chancellor critisised the so far proposals of the Troika for privatisations and reductions of minimum pensions, with which, he added, one cannot survive.

Moreover, in his statements after today’s yesterday’s cabinet meeting, Faymann said that on the discussion of the deletion of a Greek debt from eurozone countries he expects mobility from both sides.

He considers that Greece must honor its agreements, but at the same time, he said, the countries of the European Union should make a step towards Greece, and he believes that the repayment period of Greek debt can be discussed, as well as the rates.

Moreover, the chancellor said that talks of a Grexit should stop, which, as he noted, will not be a “detail”, but would result in an exacerbation of poverty and unemployment in Greece, while additionally, investments that have been made in euro could not be calculated in a massively devaluated new drachma.