Athens, July 14, 2015/ Independent Balkan News Agency
By Spiros Sideris
French president Francois Holland commented that “the agreement allows Greece to remain in the euro”, stating that about EUR 80 billion have been secured for the Mediterranean country.
“It took us several hours, but I think it was a good night and a good day for Europe”, he said on Monday morning, commenting on the agreement between Greece and its partners.
“I spent many hours talking with Merkel and Tsipras to reach an agreement”, Hollande said, adding that there would be no agreement without the Franco-German cooperation.
Regarding the stance of the Greek Prime Minister, the French President emphasized that Tsipras made a brave choice. “Participation in the Eurozone must provide stability and development. There is no stability without growth and no growth without stability”, he said.
“The agreement allows Greece to remain in the euro”, Hollande said, stating that about EUR 80 billion have been secured for the Mediterranean country.
“Europe must above all be ‘European’ and not give way to public opinion or a national parliament”, added the French president, explaining that “the interest of France was to keep Greece in the euro but also to make Europe more progressive, reaching a compromise with Germany”.
“Greece was not asking for charity, it was asking for solidarity”, Hollande concluded, stressing that with this decision “Greece retains its national sovereignty”.