Schulz ac­cuses Merkel, Schaeu­ble on Greece

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BER­LIN (Reuters) – Ger­man SPD leader Martin Schulz set out plans to boost in­vest­ment and en­hance Euro­pean unity, ac­cus­ing Chan­cel­lor An­gela Merkel of mak­ing empty prom­ises. Schulz also blamed Merkel and Fi­nance Min­is­ter Wolf­gang Schaeu­ble for weak­en­ing Euro­pean unity after hav­ing led ef­forts to im­pose more aus­ter­ity mea­sures on Greece as part of the eu­ro­zone’s bailout pro­grams. “If you want to be a state leader in Europe, you must ac­quire the trust of the peo­ples,” Schulz said. “And that’s why for me it is a com­plete scan­dal when the chan­cel­lor says: ‘We have big plans for Europe, but we’ll only tell you after the elec­tion’.”

Pi­raeus port growth. Con­tainer han­dling in Pi­raeus posted a 3.8 per­cent in­crease year-on-year in the first half of 2017, ac­cord­ing to data is­sued yes­ter­day by the new owner of Pi­raeus Port Author­ity, Cosco. In to­tal the coun­try’s main port han­dled over 1.75 mil­lion con­tain­ers, a his­toric high. In June 314,800 con­tain­ers were han­dled.

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