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Author: VernonEmeks   June 23, 2020 at 18:13:59  from   in reply to: unnebulous foxiest posted by zpolet417 on August 26, 2016 at 03:25:42

Libs nationals reject joint ticket proposal for Brussels airport and rail projects

Greece's prime minister has rejected calls from international allies for a European-backed transit and rail deal between his country and its southern neighbor.

Johanna Dimas-Boulanger said on Friday it would be impossible to create a "united front" for all Greek issues, adding Greece had "no need for EU solidarity" in an interview with Kathimerini newspaper.

Dims-Boulanger, who was re-elected to a third term in May, insisted that an accord signed in September had the full support of European governments, including the European Commission.

The agreement between the EU and Greece stipulated that Greece would agree to boost train service to the east and southeast through the country.

Dims-Boulanger said that would mean Greece would have to re-negotiate with eastern creditors over issues such as the price of new bonds or an early payment of bailout funds for Greece.

She said Europe's main political concerns had become "political" for Athens.

Dims-Boulanger said: "This is a serious problem and we have to find an equitable solution... I think if we just ask for money, then they will be there to provide it. It's very difficult... If you just ask us for money then there won't be the money to support [the railway] and we will be pushed out of the EU. This is very important to me."

Dims-Boulanger insisted that Greece's main political issues had become "political" for Athens.

Sonia Aghion, president of the European Commission, in an emailed statement on Thursday urged member states to continue pursuing a road map with Greece that would achieve regional stability and economic recovery.

"I stress that it is vital for Greece to come to agreement on a road map that fully supports and ensures continued access to the euro," she added.

Aghion said she had discussed with Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras the possibility of a joint EU-Greece road map for a year now. "I have repeatedly urged that there be a discussion with his team [on a joint plan]," she said.

Athens has rejected calls by EU members to extend a financial lifeline to the struggling Greece until after the European elections later this year. Tsipras rejected any suggestion he was in favour of such a deal.

But, in her Kathimerini interview, Dimas-Boulanger said the Greek president had shown "no interest" in any bailout package. "There is always a plan, and they are being put in action," she said.

Aghion, the Commission's chief foreign affairs spokesman, added that sh

Faf du plessis disagrees with ball tampering guilty verdicts

On Sunday (Oct 7), three-time French Open champion, Faf du plessis, is set to take his case to court after losing his first appeal of the jury's verdicts.

"To the jury: You had a choice to give me the maximum sentence or not. I gave you the maximum penalty, but you chose to give me less. The jury was right to acquit me," du plessis said during his press conference in Paris on Wednesday.

However, following his acquittal, and after the release of the police video that shows the match fixing at the US Open, du plessis is confident the court will reverse its decision.

"For me, the verdict is over. I didn't see that in the first place and I can tell you that," he said. "I won't have a different view. I feel my rights have been violated."

Du plessis said the court should be given the opportunity to look at his case more closely.

"The court should examine the video again, give the players and the court a chance to do that, because the video shows there was more than one video tape," he continued.

READ MORE: US Open 2015 court sends Faf du Plessis case to next stage, says he's got right to appeal verdicts

Following the verdicts, US Open spokesman Michael Smith told Reuters he was confident USG would appeal.

"We are aware of the ruling that the jury has reached," Smith said, adding that the court's reasoning in the case, "is consistent with the majority's decision in our appeal to the US Court of Appeals, and in any such case we'll pursue our appeals aggressively."

In a statement in early January, the tennis association said that it was satisfied that "it has found in this case that all evidence and witnesses made in respect of the events reported on the video tape... were reliable," and that all players have "the right to challenge this verdict on appeal."

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