Schulz accuses Merkel, Schaeuble on Greece
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.