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President of Democray of Greece Prokopis Pavlopoulos hailed Merkel’s role in the refugee crisis during his recent visit to Germany, where he met with German Cancellor and also with the German Presiden Joachim Gauck .
Regarding the refugee crisis, the Greek President Prokopis Pavlopoulos described it as an “existential matter” of Europe.
“All the peoples of Europe have to fulfill their debt towards genuine refugees without phobias and of course will have to work to end the war in Syria, which is the root of this evil,” he noted.
Concerning the guarding of EU’s external borders, he recognized the need for collaboration with EU countries and Frontex, but ruled out joint Greek and Turkish patrols.
Focusing on Turkey, Pavlopoulos said the country needs to live up to its commitment to control the flow of refugees and especially economic migrants who leave from Turkey, “often with the cooperation of the Turkish authorities.”
He also noted the need to reactivate the readmission agreements.
Regarding the threat of terrorism, Pavlopolos said that Europe must be ruthless with terrorists who commit war crimes and must not show any tolerance and urged people to distinguish between terrorists and refugees.
German Presiden Joachim Gauck described the refugee issue as critical and acknowledged that Greece is faced with an even greater burden as a result of the migration flows, in addition to the challenges of economic reform and that there is room for improving European solidarity on the issue, since it is in the common interest of Europeans not to leave Greece struggle securing its borders unaided.
For the financial and recession crisis that Greece is facing for six years long , the President stated :
“Greece will fully meet its obligations and our partners must also fulfill their own obligations.”
Following the [program] review, which should be finished as soon as possible to avoid a problem with the seemingly positive growth prospects of the Greek economy, it is necessary to immediately start talks on the Greek debt – not for a haircut, as it is not possible by European law, but other methods, which will lead to relief and have been accepted by our partners. Especially as regards the sustainability of Greece’s public debt and the so far, extremely dubious, austerity policy,” he said
German Presiden Joachim Gauck assured that Greece can depend on European solidarity, insisting on Germany’s commitment to seeing Greece remain in the European Union and underlined that Athens’ reform programme has become one of Germany’s main policies.
Referring to the “unprecedented” crisis that the Greek people are facing, Greek President Pavlopoulos asked the European partners to take into account the unprecedented crisis that tests the Greek people and to try to establish some mutual understanding despite some initial mistakes, obsessions and misconceptions.
“Your example is one of civilization and humanity. Lesbos has been the “sleepless and tireless” guardian of Greek borders at a critical time for Europe“ said Prokopis Pavlopoulos visiting the island on November 8th, 2015, on the 103rd anniversary since the island’s liberation from Ottoman Turks. ” And until Europe makes its decisions, the weight falls on your shoulders but also the praise for what you do.” the President of Greece underlined.
Deputy Minister to the Prime Minister Terens Quick visiting Lesbos next to the President of Democracy Prokopis Pavlopoulos, met in Skala Sikamias village the LesvosYiayia , the emblematic figure that made headlines worldwide when she was captured by a photographer’s camera to feed a refugee baby. He twitted
Tonight in Skala Sykamias Lesvos with grandmother Emilia who is feeding the refugee babies. The absolute soul of Greek mother
By Greece’s history, Lesvos, and the other islands that were close to the Turkish territories, were freed later from the Ottoman Empire than the territories in the continent, because of their geographical location. The island of Lesvos gained its freedom in 1912 and became officially part of Greece in 1923 with the Treaty of Lausanne.
The 8th of November is celebrating the Independence of the island, along with the Christian Orthodox Name day of the Archangels, the “guardians of Archipelagos”, the Aegean, as the Archangels are considered in Greece to be. Taxiarchis, the Archangel Michael, is the patron saint and the guardian angel of Lesvos.He is celebrated every year by thousands of faithful Greeks, a whole island’s live religious celebration, where many miracles continue to occur in the Lesvian resident’s families, and families all over Greece, as well as Greek military men, and those serving on Greek Airforce of whom the Archangel is the protector.
President of Democracy Procopis Pavlopoulos and Deputy Minister to the PM Terens Quick attended the religious celremony in the Metropolis church of Mitilini, and visited the Archangel’s monastery in Madamados, at the North part of the island.
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