Presidential Guard prepares for Italian leader’s inspection
A Presidential Guard captain inspects an honorary guard before the arrival of Italian President Sergio Mattarella in Athens yesterday. President Prokopis Pavlopoulos said Greece and Italy suffer from two crises – one financial and one relating to refugees – which extend beyond their borders. ‘They are on the verge of becoming existential crises for the future of the European project,’ he said. Mattarella referred to a common view of the challenges testing the European Union. ‘Both countries are convinced that the EU must focus on economic growth and boosting jobs,’ he said.