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ND leader begins European charm offensive

The leader of the main conservative opposition New Democracy, Antonis Samaras, is on Monday to begin a series of meetings in Paris and Brussels with European politicians in a bid to win support for a renegotiation of Greece?s loan agreement with its creditors.

Samaras wants Greece?s memorandum to include certain tax reductions instead of the foreseen tax hikes and is proposing a renegotiation along the lines of deals reached by Portugal and Ireland with their international creditors.

The ND leader is to meet French Prime Minister Francois Fillon on Tuesday and has scheduled talks on Wednesday with Wilfried Martens, former Belgian prime minister and the president of the European People?s Party.

Samaras is to round off his visit by meeting with Jose Manuel Barroso, president of the European Commission.