Greek prime minister Antonis Samaras, in a speech to the parliamentary group of the governing party New Democracy, set the tone for the coming 2014 European Parliament elections.
He made it clear at the beginning of the speech that “we will go to elections in 2016,” adding that “the country has suffered and continues to suffer, but is now coming out of the crisis”.
“We have achieved our key commitment. We have kept the country in the eurozone and did not allow it to collapse. Now with the primary surplus we will have achieved most of the 18 points that we had promised. With God’s help and the support of the Greek people, in the two years that remain we will go even further. When we spoke of a primary surplus they mocked us; according to recent data the primary surplus will reach one billion euro. There are some who have disputed this saying that we have not paid the states overdue debts; this is a lie,” Samaras said.
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