DIM.AR’s Kouvelis meets Barroso, calls for halt to recession, unemployment in Greece

P023132000402-679795Meeting European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso in Brussels on Tuesday, Greek coalition government partner Fotis Kouvelis, leader of the Democratic Left (DIM.AR) party, stressed the need for immediate measures to halt the recession and unemployment in Greece.

In statements as he left the meeting with Barroso at the European Commission, Kouvelis said he’d expressed DIM.AR’s opposition to “the austerity policies destroying society and undermining the prospects of an exit from the economic crisis”. The party leader stressed that the only answer to the recession was to take immediate measures to kickstart the growth process.

Kouvelis said he had also emphasised the dire state of Greek society as a result of galloping unemployment and the need to take immediate steps to provide a Continue reading

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DIM.AR leader Fotis Kouvelis meets with European Commissioner Laszlo Andor

kouvelisDemocratic Left (DIM.AR) leader Fotis Kouvelis, a junior partner in the coalition government in Greece, expressed his party’s opposition to “the austerity policies that downgrade the social state” in a meeting he had here on Wednesday with European Commissioner Laszlo Andor, responsible for employment, social affairs and inclusion.

After the meeting, Kouvelis said that he underlined the need for the adoption of extraordinary measures in support of Greece aimed at relieving the unemployed and supporting those living in conditions of deep poverty.

He suggested the introduction of immediate intervention in support of households that have no employed members, in combination with programmes designed to support the young. He said that more than 400,000 families were in this category, adding that measures to support the unemployed over 55 with obsolete qualifications are also necessary.

Kouvelis said that he pointed out the need for a minimum guaranteed income across the country to ensure dignified living standards for the Continue reading

Democratic Left’s Kouvelis meets with European Parliament president

kouvelis,schultz1Progressive and pro-European powers must be strengthened in the coming European elections of 2014, Democratic Left (DIM.AR) leader Fotis Kouvelis said in Brussels on Wednesday, following a meeting with European Parliament President Martin Schulz.

Schulz is also a member and former chair of the Group of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats in the European Parliament.

“We agreed with Schulz that the austerity policy now being implemented is not just socially unfair, but an economic dead-end as well,” Kouvelis said. “It leads to economic stagnation and social rupture. Thus Euroscepticism increases and dangers greatly threaten the European structure.”

Kouvelis called for changes in European policies dealing with the crisis and said his party supported the speeding up of economic and political unifiation in the EU. “Ethnocentrism and state hegemonies will lead the process of unification to a dead end,” he warned.

On Greece, he said that he conveyed to Schulz the fact that the country’s adjustment programme needed fundamental changes. “Return to fiscal health must be Continue reading

Kouvelis: Greek society cannot stand any more measures

170113114450_0931Democratic Left chairman Fotis Kouvelis stressed that troika ‘must understand and accept that the Greek society has reached its limits of endurance. It will not be able to withstand any other surcharges. The Greek economy needs development support.’

Kouvelis added there must be immediate implementation of the arrangements concerning VAT reduction in catering, increase of the number of doses for the debts of citizens towards the State, effective relief for households to repay loans by increasing the number of doses, lower interest rates and partial cut of the debt as well as a review and redefinition of the total price of heating oil.

‘The explosive dimensions of unemployment require the configuration of a social protection net without any delays. Social cohesion is a necessary element for Greece’s exit from the crisis,’ he concluded. Continue reading

Kouvelis refuses to back civil service layoffs

kouvelisFotis Kouvelis who heads Democratic Left, the junior partner in the tripartite coalition, on Friday underlined his opposition to layoffs in the civil service, responding to criticism by a senior European Commission official about his party’s resistance to cutbacks in Greece’s public sector.

“A dogmatic insistence on layoffs is out of place and out of time,» Kouvelis said, noting that a plan that has been drawn up by the Administrative Reform Ministry will reduce the number of civil servants in Greece to below the European Union average.

Kouvelis added that it was imperative to create a safety net for poorer citizens and that help should be given to those who are unable to pay their taxes. European structural funding should be released without delay to boost growth projects and allow much-needed liquidity to return to the market, he said. Continue reading

Essential dialogue between Turkey, Greece can surmount problems

Fotis Kouvelis, the leader of the Democratic Left party, the smaller partner in the Greek coalition government, believes that with the help of essential dialogue between Turkey and Greece, the problems between these two neighbors can be overcome, adding that with strong respect for mutual sovereignty, all the problems could be resolved.

CNN: «Η εξαφανισμένη μεσαία τάξη της Ελλάδας» το δημοφιλέστερο ρεπορτάζ

Η υπό εξαφάνιση μεσαία τάξη της Ελλάδας είναι ένα από τα πέντε δημοφιλέστερα τηλεοπτικά ρεπορτάζ στο διαδικτυακό τόπο του CNN με εκατομμύρια επισκέψεις από τις 25 Σεπτεμβρίου 2012, που αναρτήθηκε για πρώτη φορά. Νεόπτωχοι και άνεργοι στη θέση εργαζομένων και αστών συνθέτουν τον «κορμό» του ρεπορτάζ που ακολουθεί πρώην εργαζόμενους και ευκατάστατους Έλληνες στο σημερινό τους αδιέξοδο της ανεργίας και της ανέχειας.