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New Greek premier visits Brussels to fight for aid

New Greek premier visits Brussels to fight for aid
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Greece’s new Prime Minister Lucas Papademos has repeated that all parties in his unity coalition must give written support to the country’s new bailout plan.

His warning came on a visit to Brussels. Up until now, Greek conservative leader Antonis Samaras has refused to provide such a commitment.

‘‘The leaders of the parties that support the government have already expressed a commitment by agreeing on the tasks of the government and giving it a vote of confidence, which implies also confidence in the government completing the tasks that are ahead of us,’‘ Papademos said.

Despite having no written proof, the EU Commission’s President said he was confident that Greece would implement the new plan.

‘‘What we have to do now is concentrate on implementation,” said Jose Manuel Barroso. “Less politics and more commitment, implementation, that is what we need.’‘

The EU and Berlin have repeatedly demanded a signed letter from Athens before the next slice of Greece’s bailout money is handed over.

‘‘I think the fact that he does not have guarantees at the moment may put the talks at risk,” said Zsolt Darvas of the Brussels-based think tank, the Bruegel

Institute. “Without that written agreement, no money will come from Germany, and we know that nothing is possible without Germany in Europe.’‘

“The EU’s top brass insist they like what they hear from the new Greek prime minister,” said our correspondent in Brussels, Paul Hackett. “The reality, however, is that Lucas Papademos needs the full written support of his coalition partners back home if he is to ease fears across the eurozone that Greece won’t backtrack on its bailout promises.”