Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras on Thursday received German Vice-Chancellor and Economy Minister Sigmar Gabriel in Athens on Thursday, with whom he discussed cooperation in the sectors of energy and renewable energy.
Tsipras noted that Gabriel’s visit coincides with a crucial time for Greece and Europe and that time has come to discuss the project for a social Europe. He reiterated that the outcome of the British referendum is a wakeup call which should be heard, otherwise Europe risks having extreme right parties obtaining a leading role. “We have to cooperate more closely,” he said.
On his part, Gabriel said that their discussion focused on investment possibilities in Greece and stressed the importance of a common front in order to replace austerity with growth and boost employment. The two sides discussed developments in the implementation of Greece’s program and the procedure for debt relief.
“It is a crucial moment,” Gabriel noted and stressed the importance of bringing Europe together with an emphasis on growth and employment. He also said that countries implementing reforms must be supported with investments and growth.
The meeting was also attended by Economy Minister Giorgos Stathakis and a delegation of German MPs from all parties who posed questions to the prime minister.