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Greek Alternate Minister for European Affairs: 'Greece Saved Europe’s Honor by Saving Refugees'

Nikos XydakisGreek Alternate Minister for European Affairs Nikos Xydakis hailed his country’s role in saving the lives of refugees in 2015, saying it “saved Europe’s honor,” following a Wednesday meeting with German State Minister for Europe Michael Roth in Berlin.
Greece saved Europe’s honor by saving more than 100,000 people in 2015 at its sea borders. Germany does the same by welcoming one million refugees,” Xydakis told Roth, according to a press release, adding that the EU must focus on the geopolitical reasons fuelling the refugee crisis. “What is happening and the way Europe is responding constitutes a crash test for the Union,” added Xydakis.
He also stated that Greece is fulfilling its obligations toward its European partners, announcing that the country is expected to complete all its obligations within February this year.
Roth told Xydakis that the refugee crisis is of great concern to the German public opinion and emphasized that there must be a fair and effective allocation of refugees to all EU countries.
Roth also requested to be briefed on the progress on the Greek economic program and the social security reforms promoted by the government, noting that the latter is a very difficult task that would have been just as tough for Germany to implement. Both Ministers agreed that Greece needs investments aimed at tackling unemployment and that Germany’s role to that direction could be very positive.
Roth also asked Xydakis to brief him on the Cyprus problem and Greece’s relations with FYROM as well as on the possibility of finding solutions on these issues within 2016, noting that this would be very positive for those involved as well as Europe.
Xydakis’ meeting with Roth in Berlin is part of a European tour for the Greek Minister, who has held talks with Dutch Foreign Minister Bert Koenders in Amsterdam, while he will be in Brussels on Thursday, meeting with Greek MEPs.
(Source: ANA-MPA)

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