Neo-nazis have no place in Greek gov't says Commissioner
(SKOPJE) - European Union Enlargement Commissioner Stefan Fuele said Monday, a day after neo-Nazis made it into the Greek parliament, that such a party should not be part of a new government in Athens.
"Whatever government is formed it is important that it follows the best democratic traditions of Greece ... within the spirit of the values the European Union is based on," Fuele told a press conference during a visit to Greece's neighbour Macedonia.
"What is important ... (is) that no party connected or related to xenophobia or nationalism is a part of the executive branch of government"
Following Sunday's elections the neo-Nazi party Golden Dawn was set to enter the Greek parliament for the first time since the end of the military junta in 1974, with 21 seats in the 300-seat chamber.
Macedonian Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski meanwhile expressed hope that a new government would give a boost to solving the long-running name-row between Skopje and Athens which continues to block Macedonia's EU bid.
"Because of the situation in Greece, talks (between Athens and Skopje under UN mediation) were frozen for almost a year. Now we expect a new government to show the desire and the will to find a solution and overcome this issue," Gruevski told the joint press conference.
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