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Greek PM has defended 2014's budget

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Greek PM has defended 2014's budget


Greek PM Antonio Samaras has defended his government’s 2014 budget as Athens comes under renewed pressure from international creditors, who say it will miss its targets.

- After almost three months of negotiations between the troika and the greek government an agreement for the tranche of 1 bn euros and the next of 4,9 bn euros was impossible. However, Antonis Samaras from Brussels said he is optimistic – explained our correspondent, Efi Koutsokosta.

The Greek premier told reporters:

I think we are ahead of targets. We have produced a primary surplus a year earlier than scheduled. We are still on the negotiation train. I think this cannot be described as an impass. In the contrary I am optimistic that within this year the whole package of this negotiation will positively be addressed and solved.

The European Commission president urged Athens to satisfy the demands of its creditors.

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