Tsipras says EU South Summit Talks Reflect Common Will to Build a Europe of Growth
Tuesday, 11 April 2017
Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said the meeting of seven leaders from southern European countries in Madrid on Monday allowed them to discuss the present and future of Europe and a series of topics such as the economic crisis and inequalities.
“Today we’re here to discuss the future and the present of the European south. We’re all countries of the European south and we all maintain our faith in the European ideal. Today’s talks reflect our common will to build an effective Europe with growth and a European pillar,” he said during joint statements with the leaders of Spain, France, Italy, Portugal, Cyprus and Malta at El Pardo palace, near Madrid.
Tsipras continued to say the seven leaders discussed the need for Europe to overcome the economic crisis, which requires overcoming inequalities. “We have all agreed to follow the rules. But we need flexibility and these rules must be followed by all. You realize that the surpluses of some [countries] are the deficits of others. The deficits of the south are the surpluses of the European north. This contradiction should be resolved,” he said.