New Democracy rejects talks with finance minister

New Democracy has rejected Finance Minister Giorgos Papaconstantinou?s offer for talks between the government and the main opposition party about Greece?s economic policy.

In a statement on Thursday, ND?s financial affairs spokesman Christos Staikouras described the offer as a ?publicity stunt? and said that if the government wants to debate policy, it should do so in Parliament.

?The government, trapped in the dead-ends caused by its policies and the way it operates, is not looking for debating partners but for accomplices in the implementation of new, additional measures,? said Staikouras.

The conservatives also accused PASOK of never being open to the idea of achieving political consensus when the Socialists were in opposition.

Papaconstantinou has extended his invitation to all the political parties and earlier this week held talks with representatives from the Popular Orthodox Rally (LAOS) as well as two non-parliamentary groups, Democratic Alliance and Democratic Left.

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