German government spokesperson Steffen Seibert on Friday declined to comment on statements made by the European Peoples' Party (EPP) candidate for EU president, Manfred Weber, regarding a possible re-negotiation of Greece's primary surpluses under a new government in Greece.
Replying to an Athens-Macedonian News Agency (ANA) question, Seibert said that the federal government does not comment the statements of political parties, while adding that the agreements made within the Eurogroup continue to apply. Cooperation with the Greek government takes place in a spirit of trust, he added, as indicated by German Chancellor Angela Merkel's recent visit to Athens.
"I speak on behalf of the federal government and for this reason I will not comment on party statements. For the German government, I can say this: we cooperate with the Greek government with trust - and I believe this was demonstrated during the Chancellor's last visit to Athens - and we are convinced that this cooperation can continue in the future, regardless of the results of the upcoming elections," stated Seibert. He added that the agreements signed between Greece and the Eurogroup on the course of the state budget and reforms and how these must continue continue to apply. These "are accompanied by the institutions, by the Eurogroup in the context of what is called post-programme surveillance. Nothing in the German position on this has changed," he added.
Asked if the possibility of lower surpluses exists at least in principle, Seibert repeated that the agreements between Greece and the Eurogroup are still in force.