Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras joined leaders from other mainstream political parties at a lunch hosted by the President of the Hellenic Republic, Prokopis Pavlopoulos.
The occasion marked the 41st anniversary of Greece’s return to democracy after a seven-year dictatorship.
On the menu the future.
Stavros Theodorakis is the leader of To Potami a centre-left party:
“We got answers from the prime minister, that he will do whatever is possible to solve the problems that have arisen in the last months and make the Greek people feel more secure.”
Fofi Gennimata is head of the social democrats PASOK: “There is no time for more lies, it is time to take difficult decisions. There is no other way than to understand each other and work together in order to secure Greece’s European future.”
Our correspondent in Athens is Stamatis Giannisis:“In spite of the support he got in parliament by the mainstream opposition parties Alexis Tsipras and his government is still in dire straits. Several MPs of the ruling Syriza party voted against the new deal with the country’s creditors. Faced with the danger of a minority government for the rest of his term many feel that the Greek prime minister will call a snap general in early autumn.”