Greek Prime Minister Lucas Papademos said the country faces a "difficult" year ahead and must continue its efforts to remain in the euro and avoid economic collapse.
“The next three months will be particularly crucial,” Papademos said in an e-mail sent today from his Athens-based office. “The decisions taken will determine the course of Greece in the coming decades.”
Papademos, appointed on Nov. 11 as head of a government backed by three of the five parliamentary parties, is trying to secure loans under a 130 billion-euro ($168.5 billion) bailout for Greece agreed to in October by European Union leaders before elections are held. Measures include negotiating a debt swap with private creditors that will cut 100 billion euros off Greece’s burden.