Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

THE WORLD THIS WEEK

Trump's Jerusalem move angers Muslim world; Brexit: Irish force compromise on border

Read more

REPORTERS

Migrants: Caught in the fire between Libya and Italy

Read more

REVISITED

Video: Tahrir Square, a melting pot for Egyptian revolutions

Read more

FASHION

Mens fashion: ‘The flowers are starting to bloom’

Read more

FRANCE IN FOCUS

Lyon's Fête des Lumières: From candles to extraordinary light shows

Read more

#TECH 24

A glimpse into the hotels of the future

Read more

ENCORE!

'Whose Streets?': On the frontline of Ferguson

Read more

FOCUS

Marine pollution around Dakar reaches critical levels

Read more

#THE 51%

Talking about a revolution: #Metoo campaign is TIME magazine’s Person of the Year

Read more

THE INTERVIEW

An interview with a French or international personality from the world of economics, politics, culture or diplomacy. Every Wednesday at 4.45 pm Paris time and Saturday at 7.45 am.

Latest update : 2016-10-24

Greece facing twin crises of debt and migration, PM says

In an interview with FRANCE 24, Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras discussed the austerity measures he is forced to implement in his country, as well as the migrant crisis in Europe.

In an interview with FRANCE 24 in Brussels, Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras insisted he continues to defend "the rights of the Greek people", despite his detractors saying he has betrayed his radical left ideals by carrying out austerity at the behest of Brussels. Tsipras said the German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble wanted to "punish" Greece by trying to make it leave the eurozone.

"Greece is in the middle of several parallel crises, the debt and the migration crisis", Tsipras said. He insists his country "is doing everything it can to achieve stability in Europe," not only on the economic front, but also regarding the migrant crisis. Athens "has limited the uncontrollable flows of migrants and traffickers in Europe", he explained.

However, the Greek premier calls on the EU to "accelerate the procedure for relocating migrants to Central Europe". He believes that countries that refuse to show solidarity in accepting migrants must "suffer the consequences" in terms of the budget and social cohesion funds they receive from Brussels.

By Caroline DE CAMARET

Archives

2017-11-25 drones

Global security adviser Marc Goodman: ‘Cyber threats are everywhere'

He studies the future of crime and terrorism, and he's the first to say he’s afraid of his own discoveries. Marc Goodman, a pioneer in the fight against cybercrime, is our guest...

Read more

2017-11-25 Africa

Condemning migrant slave auctions is ‘not enough’, says Ivory Coast’s Ouattara

In an exclusive wide-ranging interview, Ivory Coast President Alassane Ouattara spoke to FRANCE 24’s Marc Perelman in Abidjan. Ouattara expressed his “disgust” at recent...

Read more

2017-11-22 Native Americans

Keepers of the flame: Native American communities seeking to protect their cultural legacy

As the United States celebrates this month the rich culture of its 3.2 million Native Americans, Annette Young meets Theresa Pasqual and Melanie O’Brien who are working to...

Read more

2017-11-20 Middle East

Turkish adviser warns US forces may stay in Syria

In an interview with FRANCE 24, Ibrahim Kalin, a special adviser to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, discusses several issues regarding Turkey and Syria. He expresses...

Read more

2017-11-18 Americas

Top psychiatrist: Trump's 'mental impairment' poses danger to world

What if you knew a truth about someone that harboured dangers of such magnitude that it could be the key to future human survival? What if that "someone" happened to be the...

Read more