“Greece needs time to achieve its targets, austerity is not the solution,”Peer Steinbruck, German Chancellor candidate in upcoming German elections for the main opposition Social Democratic Party told Greeks during a visit to Athens.
during a meeting with leader of socialist PASOK and coalition government partner, Evangelos Venizelos, Steinbrueck underlined that the ‘crisis had not only an economic aspect, but also a social one as the cohesion of the society must be kept also after the crisis.
“Greece needs time in order to achieve the needed stability so that people can take a breath, and regain confidence and hope. There must be confidence towards this country so that investments from the Greeks themselves but also form abroad would come. Because the consolidation of the budget alone, the austerity cannot bring results. In this way, there is no development.”
Steinbrueck expressed hope that Greece will manage to overcome the crisis. Later on the day he will meet with finance minister Yiannis Stournaras.
On Thursday, Steinbrueck will meet President Karolos Papoulias, Prime Minister Antonis Samaras.
PS if Chancellor candidate of German main opposition party meets Greek prime ministers and presidents, equally the leader of Greek main opposition party should meet their counterparts in Berlin. Equal Protocol for all! lol