Greece’s central bank chief calls for political consensus


Greece’s central bank chief called on the country’s party leaders on Sunday to maintain their political consensus to help pull Athens itself out of its financial crisis once and for all.

“There had been a high degree of consensus when the [bailout] deal was voted in by a big parliamentary majority last July,” Greek Central Bank Governor Yannis Stournaras told Mega TV in a statement.

“[The consensus] should be safeguarded to secure political stability, support a definite exit from the crisis and pave the way toward growth,” he said.

His comments came a day after Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras failed to secure the backing of Greek opposition parties on tough pension reforms the country has promised to implement by December under its latest international bailout.