Turkey sets example, Papandreou says

Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou. AFP photo

Addressing lawmakers ahead of Tuesday night’s crucial confidence vote, Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou said Turkey sets an example in his country’s struggle against a devastating economic crisis. “Why can’t we do what our neighbors Turks have done?” he asked.

Speaking at the parliament, Papandreou noted that Greece is going through one of the worst crises in its history. “Other countries have experienced similar crises, but in the end they managed to get out of the hole,” he said.

“Turkey had gone through a similar crisis, but today it has a strong economy,” said the Greek PM. “Other peoples lived through similar things, but they withstood and prevailed. Brazil, South Korea, Uruguay, Estonia did it. Our neighbors, Turks, how have they managed to have a dynamic economy today? Can’t we do it? We will.”