“The brightest days are ahead of us. Following a decisive Eurogroup decision to ease the debt, Greece is now ready to return to international markets, to stand on its own feet once more,” Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said on Wednesday, in a speech at the London Business School.
Talking about Europe, he noted that unemployment, poverty, inequality and marginalisation were part of European reality, adding that policies were needed to tackle them. He also spoke of the need for solidarity and collective decision-making within the European Union, criticising attitudes that wanted each country to “go it alone”.
According to Greece’s prime minister, he found the idea that “we can hide in our shell and watch others stumble” to be repellent.
“Even in the most difficult times, we never doubted our commitment to Europe, because we believe that Europe can and will change,” Tsipras added, saying that solidarity must increase and far-right populism must be stopped.
“We have to shape the new face of Europe and people must see the changes we have made,” he said.