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Senior Greek Official: No Country in the World Could Pay Such Debt

March 19, 2015 (EIRNS)—On the eve of the EU Summit in Brussels tonight, Theodoros Paraskevopoulos, chief advisor to Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, told Germany’s N-TV station that the big bone of contention between Athens and Brussels is how far in the negotiations

"the views of the Greek government can be implemented, and how far the question of the Greek debts can be clarified. This means, we have to clarify whether the Greek debts can be serviced at all. The Greek government maintains that it cannot be serviced. And if that is the case, and further austerity measures are meaningless, no country in the world could service these debts."

Paraskevopoulos also defended the Greek government’s €200 million emergency program to relieve the most impoverished sections of the population. He said that if the EU Commission’s criticism of the decision was on the grounds that the program must first be discussed with it, the Greek government will not do so, and will not ask an EU official every time a decision comes up in Athens; rather it will decide what must be done, and simply do it.