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Greece is Europe

Speaking ahead of the Greek referendum this Sunday, Sergei Stanishev, PES President said:

"As the time of the referendum in Greece draws nearer, I want to repeat my message loudly and clearly. The images that we have seen from Greece over the last few days have been painful for all true Europeans to see. The people we saw queuing up for hours are European pensioners, European mothers and fathers. As European Socialists it is for them too that we are fighting, for Greece, whose place is at the heart of the Europe.

It is for them too that we fight to change Europe in the face of conservative forces who have inflicted harsh austerity. Together, we have achieved a lot, but we can only do so if we are united.

On Sunday, Greeks will exercise their democratic right. I sincerely hope that in doing so they will not turn their backs on Europe. Together, we can come back more united and more progressive, to continue our struggle for a better future for all Europeans.”

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