Update on Greece:
Greece found itself isolated during the morning session of GAERC as it objected to the separate adoption of proposal 9 from proposal 10. However, Mr. Karamanlis reassures us that although Greece is willing to consider a concession, he will not compromise the country’s national interests. At the same time, he declares his determination to fight hard in terms of the financial aspect of the Presidency’s proposal and asks the other MS “to put money where the mouth is” for an effective solution. As for the Belarus Declaration, despite initial objection, the Greek government accepted it in spirit of solidarity and now expects to see similar actions of good will on the issues of the EU Security Fund and Kosovo. The government’s capacity is put into test in Natolin only one year before national elections take place.