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Greek conservative leader eyes EU vote victory, PM post in election by autumn
[CAPTION: Main opposition New Democracy [!] conservative party leader Kyriakos Mitsotakis speaks during an interview with Reuters at the party's headquarters in Athens, Greece, April 8, 2019. Picture taken April 8, 2019. REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis]
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By implementing reforms, he says Greece can persuade its lenders, who still monitor the economy even after it officially exited its 280 billion euro financial crisis bailouts, to lower their targets and convince investors that it is out of the woods.

The 51-year-old scion of a powerful family of politicians considers Greece's post-bailout primary surplus targets "too high", but says that they must be respected "at least in the short term".

Greece Clears Debt-Relief Cash Hurdle With EU Commission Nod

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Tsipras says constitutional revision reflects will for reforms

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Tue Apr 9th, 2019 at 02:49:45 PM EST
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France needs tax cuts in response to 'yellow vests': PM, 8 Apr
"Giving the first conclusions of a 'Great National Debate'which was launched in January in response to the protests, Prime Minister Edouard Philippe said French citizens had expressed 'an enormous exasperation' over the heavy tax burden. 'The debates show us very clearly which way to go. We need to lower taxes, and lower them more quickly,' he told an audience in Paris.'"

French Senate cancels controversial meeting with Yellow Vest protesters, 9 Apr
"French President Emmanuel Macron's administration has made no secret of its displeasure with the Senate for extending an invitation to Drouet and the other delegation members."

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French [?!] yellow vest protesters hit streets for 21st weekend

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Tue Apr 9th, 2019 at 07:45:43 PM EST
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To be specific: the meeting Drouet was invited to by the Senate was to discussed the controversial giveaway privatization of the Paris airports. The Yellow Vests do protest, among other things, about the unfair tax burden (tax cuts for the rich, more taxes for the rest) and the abandonment of public services in the name of "competitiveness" (see tax cuts above) such as privatizing highly profitable state assets like the airports.

The "Macron's administration" official who pressured the Senate to disinvite Drouet was no one else than Bruno Le Maire, minister for the Economy and, back in 2005, the architect of the privatization of the state owned tollways companies, sold to Vinci, one of their most profitable businesses today.

Some senators stepped out of the Senate building to meet with Drouet on the street and apologize for the majority's behavior.

by Bernard on Thu Apr 11th, 2019 at 06:35:55 PM EST
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