EC president von der Leyen due in Athens on Thursday with home affairs commissioner

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen is to visit Greece on Wednesday with Home Affairs Commissioner Ylva Julia Margareta Johansson to follow up on pledges of EU support announced last week during the EC president's visit at the outset of the crisis at the Greek-Turkish lander border.

Self-evident choice

Greece is not asking for favors. It is not reaching out to its European partners like a special case needing assistance. This was the government's motto from the start.
Relaxing the primary surplus target would not be a favor. It is the obvious choice in view of the difficult year expected for the world economy.