There is still a long way to go after the completion of the program in Greece, German Ambassador to Greece Geschwitz said in an interview with the Athens News Agency, which warned that it was important not to jeopardize modernization measures, such as "if you go back to the past, all sacrifices will be wasted drain. "
"What I think is important now is that everything that has been achieved – and much – is not threatened by the weakening of efforts to continue administrative modernization, apply budgetary discipline and not spend more than you have," he underlined, pointing out that it is important to remain in path as "if you go back to the past, all sacrifices will be in vain".
"Without very close Greek-German cooperation, we cannot overcome the refugee crisis at the most dramatic moment, when thousands of refugees pass every day," said Jean Pletner, German Ambassador to Greece, in an interview with ANA-MPA.
"The close cooperation between Athens and Berlin has become an important prerequisite for stabilizing the situation," said the German ambassador and noted that "even today we stand side by side to find a European solution to this problem, with a fair distribution of the weight of all Union Member States Europe. This is our joint position, the position of the German-Germans. "
Space for active policy with a surplus of more than 3.5%
"As long as Greece is above 3.5% in the primary surplus, there is room for active policy. It is up to the Greek government to decide why it will spend the money," said the German ambassador in ANA-MPA, adding: "I think all the steps creating space for business, creating new jobs, generating more income for the country through very positive growth. "
Mr Pletner said "the success of the main milestone was the completion of the program," noting that "everyone understands that there is still a long way to go."
On the strong foundation of today Greek-German relations
In an interview given to REA-IEP on the sidelines of the 2018 Thessaloniki Summit, the German ambassador acknowledged that the course of Greek-German relations at the time of the crisis "was a difficult course" because "bad things were said by both parties, including the homeland but "all of this is happily behind us".
Today, as Mr. Plener said, "we have a strong foundation, we are partners, we are friends and I want to see our relationship grow. I want to get out of a crisis situation – first an economic crisis, then an immigration crisis."
In this context, he stressed, "I want to have a future-oriented relationship where our young people, together, build Europe that we dream of together. A free Europe, a democratic Europe, Europe from a legal order. A progressive Europe and not dependent on nationalism.
So I see our future, side by side. "
The most important of the upcoming European elections
Mr Pletner also spoke about the upcoming European elections, saying it would be "perhaps the most important European election because citizens must decide whether to vote for the pro-European party."
"There are many ways to build Europe, but the basic way should be to" attack "the big problems of the common people. Or (to see) whether Europeans will choose parties that believe that countries can do better with themselves. I believe that this is the wrong way. Cooperation is the best way, "said the German Ambassador.
He stressed that "citizens must be fully aware of this choice and remind ourselves what we owe to the EU what we owe to our unity in Europe and that together we decide whether we want to maintain the European way of life."