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Greek PM will miss EU summit

Monday, June 25, 2012

New Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras will follow his doctor’s advice and not attend the European Union summit. The summit is scheduled to start on Thursday in Brussels.

A government spokesperson said that Samaras needs to rest for a few days after a successful eye operation on Saturday.

Also, Finance Minister-designate Vassilis Rapanos collapsed and has been hospitalized. He has not yet been sworn in and will not attend the summit.

But Foreign Minister Dimitris Avramopoulos will attend the European Union summit.

Lenders to Greece were to send inspectors to Athens on Monday to review the fiscal rebuilding effort. But EU diplomatic sources told NHK that the EU will postpone sending the delegation in consideration of Samaras’ health.

The new government of Greece wants an easing of conditions to receive a massive bailout to boost economy, while keeping austerity measures in place.

Jun. 24, 2012