Eurogroup president Jean-Claude Juncker met Greek prime Minister Antonis Samaras in Athens and pledged to maintain his support for Greece on condition that the country cleans up its finances. He further confirmed that no decision would be taken with regard to the Greek request for an additional two years in which to balance its books before the EU-IMF-ECB troika delivers its conclusions in September.
Support with tough conditions – To Ethnos
In an interview with the daily following his meeting with Samaras, Eurogroup president Jean-Claude Juncker confirmed that “Greece will have to make greater efforts to consolidate its budget”, while insisting that he remained “totally opposed to a Greek exit from the euro”.
Delicate mediation in Athens – Luxemburger Wort
In an interview published on the eve of his trip to Berlin, Samaras has pledged that he will “personally” guarantee Greece’s commitments. The Greek Prime Minister also took the opportunity to announce more reforms — mainly privatisations — and to request more time for the adoption of a further austerity package.
‘Germany will get its money back’ – Süddeutsche Zeitung
German Chancellor Angela Merkel reiterated her suppprt for Moldova’s efforts to join the European Union during her visit to Chișinău on August 22. In particular, she raised the possibility of a free trade and association agreement, while urging Moldova to push ahead with reforms, notably in the fight against corruption.
‘Country’s fate in the hands of the people’ – Timpul
David Rath will stay in prison. On remand since May 14 for the embezzlement of public funds, the former governor of the Central Bohemian Region has not been able to find the 14 million koruna (€560,000) bail bond required by the court. Rath had offered to wear a security tag and to remain under house arrest.
David Rath – Interview from prison – Mladá Fronta DNES
Crisis-stricken Spain beat its tourism record in July. A total of 7.7 million foreigners came to the country – 328,000 more than in the same month in last year – bringing the number tourists to 32.8 million this year. British, French and German visitors top the list, counting for 54.4 per cent of the total. The new record is partially due to the depreciation of the euro against the pound and the dollar.
Tourism endures – Cinco Días
Paralysed Tony Nicklinson, who just last week lost his High Court battle for the right to allow someone to assist him end his own life, died at his home after contracting pneumonia. The case of the 58-year-old, who suffered from “locked-in” syndrome, has sparked debate on the rights of terminally ill people to end their own suffering.
Right to die campaigner finds a victory in death – The Times