November 12th, 2011
05:40 PM ET

French, German leaders stress urgency with Greece's new prime minister

A day after being sworn in as Greece's new prime minister, Lucas Papademos talked Saturday with the leaders of France and Germany about efforts to address his nation's continuing economic woes - including negative ramifications if certain moves aren't made soon.

French President Nicolas Sarkozy and German Chancellor Angela Merkel both congratulated Papademos on his ascension when they talked with him on Saturday afternoon, according to a statement from Sarkozy's office.

Sarkozy and Merkel then expressed an "urgent need" for Greece's new leader to ensure that his country adheres to its past commitments, including implementation of an Oct. 27 bailout package brokered between former Prime Minister George Papandreou and other European leaders.

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  1. dr.RUFFNUTT

    MAYBE THE GREECE PEOPLE SHOULD GET SOME JOBS... and work some overtime..

    November 12, 2011 at 6:15 pm | Report abuse |
  2. banasy©

    Yeah, Ruffie, that's the answer.

    I'm sure France and Germany *do* want Greece to adhere to their commitments, including the 10/27 bailout; it was made only 16 days ago...I don't think a new PM is going to negate that.

    November 12, 2011 at 6:33 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Mmmmm

    Gease Greece with all that corruption didn't help either...

    November 12, 2011 at 6:35 pm | Report abuse |
  4. banasy©

    Maybe they need some Greeced lightning, go Greeced lightning...

    November 12, 2011 at 7:33 pm | Report abuse |
  5. dr.RUFFNUTT

    what they should do.. is buy a russian submarine... goto mexico and get a bunch of stuff.. and smuggle it into the us.. and make a gaziollion bucks...
    or... sell some pet rocks or something..

    November 12, 2011 at 8:55 pm | Report abuse |
  6. s kel

    Yeah something sounds verrry slippery about this.......

    November 12, 2011 at 10:21 pm | Report abuse |
  7. tif31

    Probably ought to just Greece their palms.

    November 12, 2011 at 10:30 pm | Report abuse |
  8. banasy©

    Do you *believe* people made a gazillion dollars selling per rocks?
    Why didn't *I* think of that?

    November 12, 2011 at 11:22 pm | Report abuse |
  9. banasy©

    Or the singing bass?

    November 12, 2011 at 11:22 pm | Report abuse |

    maybe they should start diging? there's bound to be some hidin treasure buried over there somewhere..

    November 13, 2011 at 8:33 am | Report abuse |
  11. whatisthisobservation


    My Take: Keep government out of mind-reading business
    > OBSERVE > Editor's Note: Paul Root Wolpe, Ph.D., is director of Emory University’s Center for Ethics.

    NEWTS CNN > waterboarding GOOD: "science" BAD.... FOXX...CNN... the same..........

    November 13, 2011 at 10:29 am | Report abuse |

    What the Greeks soarly need to do is to quit the Eurozone, go back to using the Drachmas as standard currency and just ignore Nickolas Sarkozy and Angie Merkel altogether! Unfortuntely, the new Greek Prime Minister won't have the sense to do that, sadly enough, so Greece will slide ever deeper into a severe depression!!!

    November 13, 2011 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
  13. banasy©

    @fakey: what *you* need to do, besides stealing other people names, is learn how to spell 'sorely'.

    November 13, 2011 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse |

      Thank you, banasy. I will spell 'sorely" right from now on. As the true RUFFNUTT here, I want to reiterate what I posted @ 12:43 above. The best thing that can happen to Europe right now is the dissolution of the Eurozone and find a new set of leaders who won't just merely take orders from the right-wing thugs in Washington!

      November 13, 2011 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse |
  14. whatisthisbestobservation?

    READ my mind- goodbye America !!! leaving on the next train for a real country !!! Becuase NEWT loves waterboarding like BEVIS and BUTTHEAD but none love science like READING YOUR MIND... Ron PAUL is nothing but a stealth NAZII..

    November 13, 2011 at 3:03 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Tweety Bird

    It's time to lay down the facts before the Governments of the world; you may do what you deem fit, but ultimately debt doesn't go away.

    November 13, 2011 at 10:11 pm | Report abuse |
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