Griekenland linkse Syriza leider waarschuwt aandringen op bezuinigingen dreigt eurozone …

European officials have voiced strong hopes that the June 17 elections will produce a strong government, ending weeks of political uncertainty. Several have also argued that the vote could determine whether Greece remains in the euro, and stressed that in any case the new government must respect the country’s bailout commitments.

Tsipras said Tuesday that, under his leadership, Greece would ditch the terms of the bailout agreements struck with its creditors, but would not actively seek to leave the eurozone.

“To the contrary, it would mean that we have a chance of saving the euro,” he claimed.

Nog, Hij waarschuwde dat aandringen op de "verkeerde oplossingen" van de bezuinigingsmaatregelen zou uiteindelijk dwingen Griekenland van de 17-natie eurozone - ". een veel groter gevaar voor de euro zou betekenen" dat

"Griekenland wordt overhandigd een geneesmiddel dat geen goed doet aan de patiënt. Dus de oplossing kan niet aan de dosering te verhogen,"Zei hij, toevoegend dat de maatregelen de economie van het land hebben verwoest, die is in zijn vijfde jaar van recessie met een werkloosheid op recordhoogte boven 20 procent.

Hij stond erop dat het moet in het belang van de eurozone om Griekenland te redden van de ondergang.

"Als de Griekse patiënt niet kan worden behandeld, dan is de crisis zich zal uitbreiden naar heel Europa,"Zei hij via een vertaler.

A Greek exit from the euro would be certain to spook financial markets worldwide, and many analysts have warned that the pressure on other southern European nations — such as Portugal, Spain or even Italy — would increase as investors would start questioning whether those nations can still remain inside the currency bloc.

Greece has been surviving since May 2010 on an initial €110 billion ($140.45 miljard) package of rescue loans, and was granted a second bailout of about €130 billion ($165.98 miljard) this year to keep it afloat in the coming years. In ruil, Greek leaders signed up to implementing harsh budget cuts, privatizing state assets and carrying out structural reforms.

Greece is set to hold elections on June 17 to end a political deadlock after a previous vote on May 6 produced a hung Parliament. Syriza voortgekomen uit de verkiezingen van vorige maand als tweede sterkste partij.

"Het is nu aan de Griekse partijen, de Griekse politici en de Griekse kiezers te kiezen welke weg ze willen nemen,"Een Duitse ambtenaar van het kantoor van bondskanselier Angela Merkel zei dinsdag. Hij sprak op voorwaarde van anonimiteit in lijn met het overheidsbeleid.

Tsipras, beurtelings, zei dat hij hoopt dat de EU zal gaan veranderen zijn koers nu dat Merkel conservatieve "as" met de voormalige Franse president Nicolas Sarkozy is gebroken.

"We denken dat mensen hun fouten kunnen herkennen en dingen veranderen,"Zei hij.

Nieuwe Franse president François Hollande heeft opgeroepen tot maatregelen om de groei in Griekenland te bevorderen, die hij wil bespreken met EU-leiders op een informele top woensdag in Brussel.

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Nicholas Paphitis contributed to this report from Athens

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Demand for Greek holidays ‘on the rise

Mr Dunk attributed the rise in bookings to the recent strength of the pound.
Sterling recently rose to a three-and-a-half-year high against the euro,
meaning holidaymakers can get around 10 per cent more for their money than
last summer.

A number of tour operators have also heavily discounted the cost of their
Greek holidays during recent weeks in an attempt to entice reluctant
vakantiegangers, including Olympic Holidays, which recently cut the cost of
thousands of packages by up to 60 per honderd.

The rise may also suggest more travellers are trying to ensure their holiday
is protected in the event of disruption. Although Travelzoo reported a 30
per cent increase in Greek package holiday bookings, it also said that
flight searches for the same destination had fallen by 25 per cent during
the same period.

“The heightened consumer interest in all-inclusive deals is a real sign of the
tijden, as people attempt to protect themselves ahead of their holidays and
ring-fence the amount they spend,” said Mr Dunk.

While many Britons may be keen to visit Greece this summer, tourists in
Germany seem to be less confident. Last week Thomas Cook reported that sales
of holidays to the country had fallen by nearly 30 per cent among German
reizigers.


Demand for Greek holidays 'on the rise'

Mr Dunk attributed the rise in bookings to the recent strength of the pound.
Sterling recently rose to a three-and-a-half-year high against the euro,
meaning holidaymakers can get around 10 per cent more for their money than
last summer.

A number of tour operators have also heavily discounted the cost of their
Greek holidays during recent weeks in an attempt to entice reluctant
vakantiegangers, including Olympic Holidays, which recently cut the cost of
thousands of packages by up to 60 per honderd.

The rise may also suggest more travellers are trying to ensure their holiday
is protected in the event of disruption. Although Travelzoo reported a 30
per cent increase in Greek package holiday bookings, it also said that
flight searches for the same destination had fallen by 25 per cent during
the same period.

“The heightened consumer interest in all-inclusive deals is a real sign of the
tijden, as people attempt to protect themselves ahead of their holidays and
ring-fence the amount they spend,” said Mr Dunk.

While many Britons may be keen to visit Greece this summer, tourists in
Germany seem to be less confident. Last week Thomas Cook reported that sales
of holidays to the country had fallen by nearly 30 per cent among German
reizigers.