In Greece on Wednesday, 17 may, conducted the strike that partially paralyzed public life of the country. About this reports Deutsche Welle.

Stopped the ferry, bus and rail links. Joined doctors and government officials.

The strike was organized by major trade unions in Greece the day before the scheduled vote in Parliament on a new package of reforms involving new cuts in public spending with the aim of obtaining urgently needed a new tranche of international financial assistance. Among other things, in 2019 it is planned again to cut pensions.

The Finance Ministers of the Eurozone countries are going may 22 to discuss the progress of reforms in Greece and the possibility of payment of a new tranche of financial assistance to the country.

“Greece’s economy recently sank back into the depths of the recession. Experts attribute this, in particular, the slow progress of talks between the government in Athens and creditors”, – the newspaper notes.

Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras on Wednesday held telephone talks with German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

According to the office of Tsipras, in the centre of attention was the problem of sovereign debt of Greece, amounting to about 315 billion euros of 179% of the GDP of the country.

According to the report, Merkel and Tsipras during a telephone conversation agreed that the decision on the cancellation of the debt of Greece at the meeting of Eurozone countries on may 22, “may” and “must”.

The German government refused to comment on the content of the negotiations Merkel and Tsipras.

See also: Greece has agreed with international lenders on the reforms

Greece on strike against the new package of reforms 17.05.2017

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