Karamanlis pushes gov’t rescue plan

Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis arrived in Brussels yesterday, where EU leaders agreed that an international summit next week in Washington should mark only the beginning of a global revamp of the financial system. European heads of state and government also discussed differences about whether Europe needs coordinated plans to drag their economies out of recession. While speaking to journalists, Karamanlis urged Greek banks to drop their reservations toward a state support scheme that has attracted little interest since its launch last month. ‘Participation in the program is voluntary but nobody has the right to make society shoulder the repercussions of one’s decisions,’ he said.