GREEK Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras claimed at the weekend that the country’s economy is turning round and will no longer be under creditors’ supervision next year.
Speaking at the opening of the 82nd Thessaloniki International Fair, Mr Tsipras forecast growth for 2017 after a nine-year recession, boasting that 236,000 new jobs have been created this year and that foreign investors are eager to capitalise.
“I am certain that, this time next year, supervision will have ended,” he declared.
He dispensed with previous calls for creditors to reduce Greece’s unpayable debts, knowing that the European Union is adamantly opposed to any relaxation of financial pressure on Greek workers.
The Greek prime minister praised Chinese company Cosco’s acquisition of Piraeus port, which he and his party once strongly opposed.
Thousands of trade unionists engaged in noisy demonstrations in Thessaloniki after hundreds of police complaining about austerity launched a two-day protest there on Friday.