Unfortunately, corruption is widespread in government agencies and public enterprises.
Greece has given Europe the opportunity to fix a defect in the euro zone, that is the fact that we did not have a fiscal union. Now steps have been taken to begin that process. And there is more solidarity from nation to nation, and that is a good thing. That has been Greece's gift to Europe.
This is global governance in the making. But we must agree, and agree to a binding commitment.
If we were the problem, it would be very convenient - kick Greece out, everything's fine. What would happen to Spain, what about Portugal, what about Italy, what about the whole of the euro zone? We need more cooperation and less simplification and prejudice.
The Greek people do not want to exit the euro. And I believe the Greek people already have shown that they have made major sacrifices to stay in the euro zone.
There is this concept of politics as a dirty game. It's a difficult game, but it doesn't have to be dirty. I think this is what we need to bring to politics. I think politics around the world has very often been captured by big interests - 'lobbies' they call them in the States.
Every leader wants to put his or her imprint on the work that they do, and grow up in specific eras.
Greece's history in the drachma was an up-and-down history, a roller coaster.
I have always said I will be in politics to serve as best as I can and it will take me wherever it will take me.
If you put all the European countries together, we are the biggest economy in the world.
The real problem in Greece is not cutting taxes, it's making sure that we don't have tax evasion.
The structures in Europe in a globalising economy need to be modernised, need to be more integrated, need to be stronger.
As long as I feel I am doing what I think is right and just for my country, for the Greek people, that is enough for me. Saving Greece from this crisis was the first thing on the agenda. We are now on a much more normalised road.
Despite the deep reforms we are making, traders and speculators have forced interest rates on Greek bonds to record highs.
An elected government making huge changes with the consent of its people, is being undermined by concentrated powers in unregulated markets-powers which go beyond those of any individual government.
I would like to see Greece as a case study, an opportunity for Europe to strengthen its coordination of fiscal policy.
Countries are not like financial markets. Social change cannot be executed as swiftly as credit-default swaps. You cannot sell short on social commitments and practical responsibilities.
My hope is that we will turn Greece into maybe the most transparent country in the world with everything on the web.
The more there is a European solution to a theoretical, but possible, problem in the markets, the less we will have to talk about an I.M.F. solution.
We had about 60 regions in Greece and now there are only 13. It'd be like cutting down 50 states to 13 and making it more efficient.
If we were going to default, we would have decided that many months ago. It would be wrong for the Greek economy, it would be wrong for the European economy, it would make things worse in the end. That's why we're taking the pain and making these structural reforms, and we're on target.
I have a deep sense of responsibility to my country and Greek people.
We stand united, facing the big responsibility to change our country into a nation of justice, solidarity, humanity and green development.
Greece has great strengths, but much of this potential has been wasted. That's because of a wider political system, but also because of a lack of an institutional framework.
There is this concept of politics as a dirty game.
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