New Greek PM too unwell to attend EU summit

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Greece’s new Prime Minister, Antonis Samaras is not well enough to travel to a critical EU summit, following an eye operation.

The Prime Minister underwent surgery yesterday just three days after being sworn-in, ruling out an appearance at the summit beginning on June 28.

His doctor said: “I am categorical. The Prime Minister cannot travel because of the gravity of the incident that requires recovery and immobility, and secondly because he cannot get into the aircraft, nor can he travel by road.”

Greece’s incoming finance minister, Vassilis Rapanos was also hospitalised after collapsing on Friday, meaning the outgoing finance minister, Giorgos Zanias will go in his place.

The new foreign minister Dimitris Avrampoulos will now lead the Greek delegation and will aim to fulfil the new leaders’ pledge to renegotiate the terms of Greece’s international bailout.