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    Future of Talks on Greek Debt Unrelated to Tackling Refugee Crisis

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    Vice-President for the Euro and Social Dialogue said that future of the Greek debt talks is not related to the efforts needed to tackle the refugee crisis.

    Greek Evzoni presidental guards attend the hoisting of the Greek flag ceremony atop the ancient Acropolis on October 12, 2015, marking the anniversary of the liberation of Athens from the German Nazi occupation in 1944.
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    MOSCOW (Sputnik) The future of the Greek debt talks is not related to the efforts needed to tackle the refugee crisis, Vice-President for the Euro and Social Dialogue Valdis Dombrovskis said Wednesday.

    "@EU_Commission is not mixing future #Greece debt talks with efforts needed to tackle #refugeecrisis. Two separate things," European Commission spokeswoman Mina Andreeva quoted Dombrovskis as saying on her Twitter account.

    The Greek economy has been severely strained for several years, because of the country’s multibillion-euro debt, accumulated after the 2008 world economic crisis decimated the state.

    In July 2015, Greece's international creditors signed an agreement with the country's government, approving a third bailout package for Athens worth 86 billion euros (about $95 billion) in exchange for highly unpopular austerity reforms such as pension cuts and tax hikes.

    Greece’s financial difficulties have also been exacerbated by the global refugee crisis. Greece, as one of the countries on the outer Schengen border, has become a transit state for many asylum seekers aiming to reach wealthier EU states.

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