Greece election: International reaction

  • 17 June 2012
  • From the section Europe

Foreign leaders and international bodies have generally welcomed the result of the Greek election, in which parties willing to pursue austerity measures seem to have enough seats to form a coalition.

Here is a selection of their comments.

European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso and European Council President Herman Van Rompuy

The Greek people have spoken. We fully respect its democratic choice. We are hopeful that the election results will allow a government to be formed quickly.

Image caption EU leaders said reforms remained the only hope for Greece

Today, we salute the courage and resilience of the Greek citizens, fully aware of the sacrifices which are demanded from them to redress the Greek economy and build new, sustainable growth for the country.

We will continue to stand by Greece as a member of the EU family and of the Euro area.

We look forward to work with the new government and to support the continued efforts of Greece to put its economy on a sustainable path.

The second economic adjustment programme agreed between Greece and the Eurogroup is the basis upon which to build to foster growth, prosperity and jobs for the Greek people. We stand ready to continue assisting Greece in achieving these goals.

Eurozone finance ministers (the Eurogroup)

The Eurogroup acknowledges the considerable efforts already made by the Greek citizens and is convinced that continued fiscal and structural reforms are Greece's best guarantee to overcome the current economic and social challenges and for a more prosperous future of Greece in the euro area.

The Eurogroup reiterates its commitment to assist Greece in its adjustment effort in order to address the many challenges the economy is facing.

German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble

The German Federal Government would consider such a result [New Democracy victory] a decision by Greek voters to force ahead with the implementation of far-reaching economic and fiscal reforms.

This path will be neither short nor easy but is necessary and will give the Greek people the prospect of a better future.

In order to succeed, the program requires political stability.

German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle

We want Greece to stay in the euro; we want Greece to continue wanting to belong to Europe. But Greece will decide now on its own path; you cannot stop anyone who wants to go.

What we cannot accept is the agreements that have been made being declared null and void.

There can't be substantial changes to the agreements but I can imagine that we would talk about the timelines once again, given that in reality there was political standstill in Greece because of the elections, which the normal citizens shouldn't have to suffer from.

But there is no way out of the reforms. Greece must stick to what has been agreed.

The White House

We congratulate the Greek people on conducting their election in this difficult time. We hope this election will lead quickly to the formation of a new government that can make timely progress on the economic challenges facing the Greek people.

As President Obama and other world leaders have said, we believe that it is in all our interests for Greece to remain in the euro area while respecting its commitment to reform.

Going forward, we will engage Greece in the spirit of partnership that has guided our alliance and the friendship between our people.

The International Monetary Fund

We take note of the election results in Greece and stand ready to engage with the new government on the way forward to help Greece achieve its objective of restoring financial stability, economic growth and jobs

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