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Κρητικά προϊόντα «ετοιμάζονται» για Αυστραλία, Καναδά και Γαλλία

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Ενδιαφέρον για εισαγωγές κρητικών προϊόντων από εισαγωγείς επιχειρηματίες που συμμετείχαν στην κορυφαία Έκθεση Ελληνικών Προϊόντων «ΕΞΠΟΤΡΟΦ 2015»

Ενδιαφέρον για εισαγωγές κρητικών προϊόντων στην Αυστραλία, τον Καναδά και τη Γαλλία εκδήλωσαν εισαγωγείς επιχειρηματίες που συμμετείχαν στην κορυφαία Έκθεση Ελληνικών Προϊόντων «ΕΞΠΟΤΡΟΦ 2015» που πραγματοποιήθηκε από τις 30 Ιανουαρίου έως τις 2 Φεβρουαρίου στο Ελληνικό στην Αθήνα. Η Περιφέρεια, που εκπροσωπήθηκε από την Αντιπεριφερειάρχη Κρήτης πρωτογενή τομέα, Θεανώ Βρέντζου, συμμετείχε με δικό της περίπτερο όπου εκτέθηκαν τα Κρητικά προϊόντα.

Η Έκθεση αποτελεί ορόσημο για τα ελληνικά τρόφιμα και ποτά και τον Έλληνα παραγωγό, και αφορά επαγγελματίες του κλάδου τροφίμων και ποτών, τους εισαγωγείς, ενώ ήταν επισκέψιμη και για το κοινό.

Όπως ανέφερε η αντιπεριφερειάρχης Κρήτης, Θεανώ Βρέντζου, το περίπτερο της Κρήτης προσέλκυσε μεγάλο αριθμό επισκεπτών οι οποίοι είχαν παράλληλα την ευκαιρία να γευτούν τα ποιοτικά μας προϊόντα.

«Από τα θετικά στοιχεία της έκθεσης ήταν το γεγονός ότι μας επισκέφθηκαν επιχειρηματίες εισαγωγείς από την Αυστραλία, τον Καναδά και τη Γαλλία, και εκδήλωσαν μεγάλο ενδιαφέρον να εισάγουν Κρητικά προϊόντα στις χώρες τους. Η προοπτική αυτή, δεν πρέπει να περάσει ανεκμετάλλευτη και ήδη, ως Περιφέρεια, φέρνουμε σε επαφή τους ξένους επιχειρηματίες με δικούς μας παραγωγούς αλλά και εξαγωγείς, για να γίνουν τα επόμενα βήματα ώστε να κλειστούν τυχόν συμφωνίες». Η «ΕΞΠΟΤΡΟΦ» τελεί υπό την αιγίδα του Υπουργείου Αγροτικής Ανάπτυξης και Τροφίμων, και απευθύνεται στις κατηγορίες των επαγγελματιών που δραστηριοποιούνται στο κλάδο τροφίμων-ποτών, από μεγάλες εταιρίες έως μικρούς παραγωγούς και τοπικές μονάδες.

Μάλιστα, έχει καταφέρει να κερδίσει την αιγίδα και τη συνεργασία μίας σειράς σημαντικών διακρατικών Εμπορικών Επιμελητήριων, όπως το Ελληνορωσικό, το Ελληνοκινεζικό, το Ελληνοτουρκικό και το Ελληνοβουλγαρικό Εμπορικό Επιμελητήριο, παρέχοντας έτσι τις προϋποθέσεις για διεθνή προβολή των ελληνικών προϊόντων στις αγορές των παραπάνω χωρών αλλά και τη δυνατότητα Β2Β συναντήσεων των παραγωγών μας με ομάδες επιχειρηματιών και εμπορικούς αντιπροσώπους της Κεντρικής και Δυτικής Ευρώπης.

Πηγή: Νέος  Κόσμος

Διατηρείται στην πρωθυπουργία ο Άμποτ

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Αλλά μάλλον «προσωρινά»

Πολιτικοί αναλυτές της Αυστραλίας διατυπώνουν σήμερα την εκτίμηση ότι η παραμονή του πρωθυπουργού, Τόνι Άμποτ στην ηγεσία της παράταξης και την πρωθυπουργία θα είναι περιορισμένη εκτός και αν κατορθώσει να αυξήσει εντυπωσιακά τη δημοτικότητα της κυβέρνησης.

Ο κ. Τόνι Άμποτ κέρδισε σήμερα την εσωκομματική αμφισβήτηση τερματίζοντας μια σειρά εβδομάδων κομματικής εσωστρέφειας.

Στην μυστική ψηφοφορία σχετικά με την εσωτερική πρόταση μομφής του Φιλελεύθερου Κόμματος κατά του αρχηγού του κόμματος, ο Τόνι Άμποτ επέζησε πολιτικά καθώς 61 από τα 102 μέλη των Φιλελευθέρων ψήφισαν κατά της αμφισβήτησης του πρωθυπουργού, ενώ υπέρ ψήφισαν 39, όπως ανακοίνωσε στους δημοσιογράφους ο γραμματέας του κόμματος Φίλιπ Ράντοκ.

Σύμφωνα με δημοσιεύματα του αυστραλιανού τύπου ο κ. Άμποτ ζήτησε από τους βουλευτές του να του δώσουν προθεσμία έξι μηνών «για να αλλάξει την εικόνα της κυβέρνησης».

Οι τελευταίες δημοσκοπήσεις φέρουν το Συνασπισμό Φιλελευθέρων-Εθνικών να είναι δέκα μονάδες πίσω από το Εργατικό κόμμα.

Πηγή: Νέος Κόσμος

Cahill move to China a Socceroos decision

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Tim Cahill admits lucrative offers from the Middle East were on the table, but a desire to stay competitive for Socceroos pushed him.

Socceroo Tim Cahill has admitted he was considering “amazing offers” by Middle Eastern clubs before he settled on moving to Chinese club Shanghai Shenhua.

He says he was pushed to move to the Chinese Super League for the desire to wear the Socceroos jersey again.

“I wouldn’t say I was close,” he said on a potential Middle East switch.

“There definitely were some amazing offers.

“You have to take in a lot of circumstances when you are ambassador for your country in football and you want to stay playing international football … when you have big influences in the game that you respect when you ask for advice.”

Cahill reportedly settled for a $9.6 million deal with the Chinese outfit after he was released by US team New York Red Bulls.

Cahill spoke very highly of the Middle East and repeated his support of holding the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

“I’m a massive fan of Qatar and Dubai,” he said.

“I travelled there every year when I was in the Premier League to get a rehab … or just to rest.

“I don’t know the politics behind it and the things that go on in the country.

“I’m going off personal experiences, the way we were treated as Australians when we played in Qatar.”

source: Neos Kosmos

Varoufakis: euro will collapse if Greece exits

Varoufakis: euro will collapse if Greece exits
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Greece’s finance minister says Greece’s debt problems must be solved as part of a rejection of austerity policies for the euro zone as a whole.

If Greece is forced out of the euro zone, other countries will inevitably follow and the currency bloc will collapse, Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis said on Sunday.

Greece’s new leftist government is trying to re-negotiate its debt repayments and has begun to roll back austerity policies agreed with its international creditors.

In an interview with Italian state television network RAI, Mr Varoufakis said Greece’s debt problems must be solved as part of a rejection of austerity policies for the euro zone as a whole. He called for a massive ‘new deal’ investment programme funded by the European Investment Bank.

“The euro is fragile, it’s like building a castle of cards, if you take out the Greek card the others will collapse,” Mr Varoufakis said according to an Italian transcript of the interview released by RAI ahead of broadcast.

The euro zone faces a risk of fragmentation and ‘de-construction’ unless it faces up to the fact that Greece, and not only Greece, is unable to pay back its debt under the current terms, Mr Varoufakis said.

“I would warn anyone who is considering strategically amputating Greece from Europe because this is very dangerous,” he said. “Who will be next after us? Portugal? What will happen when Italy discovers it is impossible to remain inside the straitjacket of austerity?”

Varoufakis and his Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras received friendly words but no support for debt re-negotiation from their Italian counterparts when they visited Rome last week. But Mr Varoufakis said things were different behind the scenes.

“Italian officials, I can’t tell you from which big institution, approached me to tell me they backed us but they can’t tell the truth because Italy also risks bankruptcy and they are afraid of the reaction from Germany,” he said.

“Let’s face it, Italy’s debt situation is unsustainable,» he added.

Italy’s public debt is the largest in the euro zone after Greece’s and Italian bond yields surged in 2011 at the height of the euro zone crisis. They have since fallen steeply and have so far come under little pressure from the renewed tensions in Greece.

Mr Varoufakis said his government would propose a «new deal» for Europe like the one enacted in the United States in the 1930s. This would involve the European Investment Bank investing ten times as much as it has so far, Mr Varoufakis said.

If Europe continues to pursue counterproductive austerity policies the only people who will benefit will be «those who hate European democracy,” he said, citing the Golden Dawn party in Greece, the National Front in France and the United Kingdom Independence Party in Britain.

Source: Reuters

Archbishop Stylianos affirms the sanctity of organ donation

Archbishop Stylianos affirms the sanctity of organ donation

 
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Primate of the Greek Orthodox Church in Australia says organ donation is “the ultimate act of generosity”

His Eminence Archbishop Stylianos, Primate of the Greek Orthodox Church in Australia, has recently affirmed the sanctity of organ and tissue donation in conjunction with the Organ and Tissue Authority (OTA).

Chief executive of the OTA Ms Yael Cass welcomed Archbishop Stylianos’ support for the affirmation of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese in organ and tissue donation and states that the “majority of religions allow and even encourage organ and tissue donation as the ultimate act of generosity, so we urge those who observe a faith to seek guidance from their religious leaders on this matter”.

Archbishop Stylianos further states that: “Our Church and our archdiocese in Australia support organ and tissue donation as a selfless act of giving. Human life can be bettered through the humanitarian act of donation and transplantation while preserving the sanctity of life. We have the word of God as our guide which says ‘it is more blessed to give than to receive’ (Acts 20:35).”

Ms Cass looks forward to working closely with the archdiocese in order to inform priests across Australia about organ and tissue donation to enable them to guide their communities on the issue.

For more information visit http://www.donatelife.gov.au

source: Neos Kosmos

Wanderers get first A-League win

Wanderers get first A-League win

Wanderers player Shannon Cole during their match against Wellington Phoenix. Photo: AAP/Paul Miller.

Western Sydney Wanderers scored their first win of the A-League season, beating Wellington Phoenix 2-0 on Sunday.

In front of 12,663 fans in sweltering conditions in Penrith, Nikita Rukavytsya broke the deadlock in the 18th minute, ending a six-year A-League goal drought.

The game was in the balance until stoppage time when Brendon Santalab doubled the lead after some nice lead-up from Nick Kalmar.

The Wanderers have remained winless in the domestic competition since their grand final loss to Brisbane Roar last season.

Rooted to the bottom of the ladder as the only team yet to post a victory this season, the precious three points provide the faintest glimmer of hope of making the top six, which still lies a massive 12 points away.

Playing the first ever A-League game in Penrith instead of their usual Parramatta fortress, the Wanderers were boosted by the return of Socceroos stars Tomi Juric and Matthew Spiranovic.

With temperatures soaring into the mid-30s in Sydney’s west, play was stopped midway through the first half for a drinks break.

The Phoenix emerged eyeing an equaliser with the tournament’s leading goal scorer, Nathan Burns, charging towards goal before being dispossessed.

Playmaker Michael McGlinchey picked up where he left off, showing his fine touch after regaining possession to force a save from keeper Ante Covic on the half-hour mark.

The Wanderers kept up the attack with a long-range Labinot Haliti strike just shaving the crossbar and a missile from Mark Bridge drawing a great save from gloveman Glen Moss just before half-time.

Ernie Merrick’s men returned from the break desperate to score and McGlinchey and Burns continued to threaten but just could not break through the Wanderers’ backline.

Roly Bonevacia had two last ditch attempts to level for the visitors but to no avail.

Santalab, who had come on for Juric in the 75th minute, got on the end of a Nick Kalmar ball to send the crowd into raptures with his injury-time goal.

Round 16 results:

Brisbane 2 df. Newcastle 1
Central Coast 2 df. Adelaide 1
Melb Victory 3 df. Melb City 0
Sydney 3 df. Perth 1
Western Sydney 2 df. Wellington 0

source:neos kosmos

Ballina fatal shark attack: Man dies after being taken at Shelly Beach

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Police at the scene of the fatal shark attack at Shelly Beach in East Ballina. Picture: Ashleigh Saunders

A group of surfers who helped the victim, aged in his 20s, from the water said they saw the shadow of the shark and estimated it to be 3.5m-4m long.

Ambulance crews attempted to revive the man on the sand but he was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police and Surf Life Saving NSW duty officers are at the scene and are scouring the area for the shark.

Warning... A Beach Closed sign at the spot where the man was taken.

Warning… A Beach Closed sign at the spot where the man was taken. Source: News Corp Australia

All beaches from South Ballina to Lennox Head have been closed and swimmers and surfers ordered out of the water.

A NSW Ambulance media spokeswoman said the age of the victim could not be confirmed at this stage.

Surf Life Saving NSW life guards have cleared the water at the direction of police.

“Beaches are unpatrolled at this time of year, but as a result of this incident the Australian Lifeguard Service has stationed lifeguards at all beaches in the Ballina Shire to keep the public informed and out of the water,” a spokesman said.

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Shelly Beach…Surfers have been ordered out of the water Source: Supplied

Inflatable rescue boats, jet skis and the Ballina Jet Rescue Boat are assisting police to search the waters for the shark.

NSW Life Saving Manager Andy Kent said surf life saving assets will remain on-scene to assist police in any way that is required.

“This is obviously a very serious incident and we would ask that the public follow the directions of emergency service workers and lifeguards by remaining clear of the water.”

“Our thoughts go out to the man’s family and friends, who will dealing with this tragedy.”

Marine Biology lecturer from Southern Cross University Dr Aniel Buscher said it was unlikely today’s fatal attack and an attack yesterday at nearby Seven Mile Beach were related.

“It would most certainly not be the same shark,” he said. “There is still only one or two incidents a year and those statistics have remained the same for the past 20 years.”

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Jabez Reitman is taken to hospital / Picture: Channel 7 Source: DailyTelegraph

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Shark attack survicvr Jabez Reitman with wife Katherine. Source: Facebook Source: Facebook

Experienced surfer Jabez Reitman was left with a cut to his back and puncture wounds to his buttocks after he was bitten by what he believes was a 2m to 3m shark.

At about 6.45am the father of one and local chef was 60m offshore when he said he was attacked, before frantically paddling back to shore.

“I was just freaking out I thought it was a dolphin at first,” he said.

He later told his wife Katherine the shark grabbed onto him with such force it pulled him off his board, then mysteriously swam away.

“It had a bite and left,” Ms Reitman said

“He did not see it, he thought it was a dolphin that had knocked him off his board then he started to feel the sting of the wound.”

In September last year Paul Wilcox, 50, was killed by a shark at Clarkes Beach, Byron Bay.

source:dailytelegraph.com.au

Defiant Greek PM sets up EU clash with bailout rejection, austerity rollback

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ATHENS, Feb 8 (Reuters) – Leftist Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras laid out plans on Sunday to dismantle Greece’s “cruel” austerity programme, ruling out any extension of its international bailout and setting himself on a collision course with his European partners.

In his first major speech to parliament since storming to power last month, Tsipras rattled off a list of moves to reverse reforms imposed by European and International Monetary Fund lenders: from reinstating pension bonuses and cancelling a property tax to ending mass layoffs and raising the mininum wage back to pre-crisis levels.

Showing little intent to heed warnings from EU partners to stick to commitments in the 240-billion-euro ($272 billion) bailout, Tsipras said he intended to fully respect campaign pledges to heal the “wounds” of the austerity that was a condition of the money.

Greece would achieve balanced budgets but would no longer produce unrealistic primary budget surpluses, he said, a reference to requirements to be in the black excluding debt repayments.

“The bailout failed,” the 40-year-old leader told parliament to applause. “We want to make clear in every direction what we are not negotiating. We are not negotiating our national sovereignty.”

In a symbolic move that appeared to take direct aim at Greece’s biggest creditor, Tsipras finished off his speech with a pledge to seek World War Two reparations from Germany.

Tsipras ruled out an extending the bailout beyond Feb. 28 when it is due to end, but said he believed a deal with European partners could be struck on a “bridge” agreement within the next 15 days to keep Greece afloat.

“The new government is not justified in asking for an extension,” he said. “Because it cannot ask for an extension of mistakes.”

Athens, which is shut out of bond markets and will struggle to finance itself without more aid quickly, plans to service its debt, Tsipras said.

“The Greek people gave a strong and clear mandate to immediately end austerity and change policies,” he said. “Therefore the bailout was first cancelled by its very own failure and its destructive results.”

“HUMANITARIAN CRISIS”

Tsipras’ stance is being closely watched by European Union leaders who to date have shown scant willingness to meet his demands, fearing a wholesale backtracking on the fiscal and economic reforms and a return to the free-spending days of the past that helped Greece rack up over 300 billion euros in debt.

Thomas Wieser, president of the Euro Working Group that prepares decisions at meetings of the euro zone’s finance ministers, will be in Athens on Monday, a Greek government official said.

In a bid to show he was serious about avoiding a new upward spiral in public spending, Tsipras announced a series of cuts to make the government leaner by trimming ministerial benefits like cars and selling one of the prime minister’s aircraft.

He also outlined plans to crackdown on tax evasion by targeting the rich and pledged public sector contracts would no longer favour oligarchs, a move that is likely to make him popular among the many Greeks fed up of a state they believe serves the wealthy.

Greeks have been severely hit by the austerity imposed on them by the “troika” of European Central Bank, International Monetary Fund and European Commission lenders. The country is only just coming out of years of economic depression, but roughly one in four Greeks are unemployed.

“The first priority of this government … is tackling the big wounds of the bailout, tackling the humanitarian crisis just as we promised to do before the elections,” Tsipras said.

PLAN FOR CHANGE

Over the past week, Greek officials have laid out what they see as a transitional plan to keep finances flowing over the next few months while they renegotiate their debt agreement.

Instead of the next tranche of bailout funds – 7.2 billion euros due, pending a suspended review – Greece’s new government wants the right to issue more short-term debt beyond a current 15 billion euro threshold. It also wants 1.9 billion euros in profits from Greek bonds held by the European Central Bank and other euro zone authorities.

With that as a bridge, Greek officials would then try to renegotiate payment of Greek sovereign bond debt, perhaps by extending payments, only paying interest and getting some respite on the budget surplus it is expected to run.

One government official suggested that not everything had to happen at once.

“The pace of the implementation of our promises is ‘within four years’,” the official said.

Tsipras gave no indication of that during his speech, but voiced optimism that a deal with Europe could happen quickly.

“Many ask: Is this possible to happen in the next days? The contacts I had with the institutional partners of the European Union convinced me that it is feasible,” he said.

“Of course there may be many issues which are likely to require time to negotiate, such as the debt issue. But we are fully ready to agree now on most issues as part of a full programme.” (Additional reporting by Costas Pitas; Writing by Jeremy Gaunt and Deepa Babington; Editing by Robin Pomeroy and Alan Crosby)

source:reuters.com

Abbott survives but his fall is inevitable

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Tony Abbott has retained his leadership following a failed spill motion in Canberra. Ahead of the vote, Senator Cory Bernardi told RN Breakfast that Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull had orchestrated an ‘ambush’, nurturing seeds of discontent among backbenchers.

Liberal MPs voted this morning not to challenge Tony Abbott’s position as prime minister, and Liberal Senator Cory Bernardi has accused Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull of being behind a campaign to destabilise the PM.

I do know there are members of the cabinet who have been ringing around making promises on behalf of Mr Turnbull, to [get MPs] to support this spill, and they’re dividing up the positions,’ Mr Bernardi told RN Breakfast ahead of the vote.

‘I think that is grossly disloyal. The fact that it’s called the “Turnbull camp” gives you an indication of who the leader of it is.’

Mr Bernardi, who resigned from his position as a parliamentary secretary over comments which linked same-sex marriage to bestiality and polygamy, said that despite reports, discontent with the prime minister is not coming from the backbench.

‘There is no doubt this is an ambush. There may have been the seeds of discontent amongst the backbench, some of us have raised that with the prime minister over successive periods of time, but they’ve been fed, they’ve been fertilised, they’ve been watered by those much more senior. If you want to back a horse in this, you back the horse called self interest.’

The spill motion was raised against the background of the first Newspoll of the year, which saw the Coalition trailing Labor 43 per cent to 57 per cent on a two-party preferred basis. Mr Abbott’s net approval rating sank to negative 44.

‘The polls tell a story, there’s no question about that,’ said Mr Bernardi. ‘But they also indicate that should we change leader, the Liberal Party base would depart the party and leave it in droves.’

‘It is a circus, and the Australian people believe that. If we go down this path of tearing down a prime minister after only 16 months, we will be part of that circus, and I think the Australian people will quite rightly turn their backs on both of the major parties and start looking for alternatives.’

source: abc.net.au

Greek prime minister not backing down

With a difficult week looming for Greece and amid rising pressure from creditors, Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras on Sunday presented his government’s policy program in Parliament, pledging to implement pre-election promises to revoke austerity measures, though not all at once.

“We only have one commitment – to serve the interests of the people, the good of society,” he said, adding that it was the “irrevocable decision” of his government to implement campaign promises “in their entirety.”

The premier said the government would not seek an extension to Greece’s bailout, noting that it would be an “extension of mistakes and disaster,” and reiterated Greek demands for a “bridge” deal to be put in place until a “mutually acceptable agreement” is reached with creditors. “We do not intend to threaten stability in Europe,” he said, adding, however, that he would not “negotiate” the country’s sovereignty.

Tsipras said his government needs “fiscal space” for a discussion on restructuring Greece’s debt and a new deal, adding that increasing austerity would only exacerbate the problem.

He pledged to replace a unified property tax (ENFIA) with a new tax on large property and to increase the tax-free income threshold to 12,000 euros from 5,000 euros. He also vowed to introduce a fair tax system and crack down on tax evasion and corruption. Collective wage bargaining will be restored, Tsipras said, adding that the minimum wage will return to 751 euros a month from 586 euros, though gradually from now until 2016.

Greek authorities would also reinstate at the end of the year the so-called 13th pension for retirees earning less than 700 euros a month, Tsipras said.

A chief priority remains tackling the “humanitarian crisis,” he said, pledging free electricity and food to households that have fallen victim to the “barbarous measures” of recent years. In the civil service, immediate rehirings will include dismissed Finance Ministry cleaners, school guards and university administrative staff, he said, noting that this would not burden the budget and will come from planned hirings for 2015.

The premier also pledged to reopen ERT, the state broadcaster that was abruptly shut down in June 2013 by the former government, and to launch a parliamentary investigation to determine how Greece entered the memorandum. On privatizations, he said the government welcomed private investment but rejected a “selloff,” adding that utilities would not be up for sale. In a dig at Germany, he said it was a “historic duty” for Greece to seek war reparations and the return of a forced loan during WWII.

Tsipras’s speech marked the launch of three days of debate that are to culminate in a vote of confidence in his government. The coalition is certain to clinch the vote, with 162 seats in the 300-seat House. But winning around the country’s creditors will be tougher. Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis is to face his eurozone counterparts in Brussels for an emergency summit on Wednesday and suggested over the weekend that he would present them with a “comprehensive proposal” for a solution. Tsipras is to meet his European peers the next day at a leaders’ summit in Brussels. Another summit of eurozone finance ministers next Monday has been set as a deadline by Eurogroup President Jeroen Dijsselbloem for Greece to apply to an extension to the European part of the country’s bailout which expires on February 28.

source:ekathimerini.com