Samaras pledges less austerity in Greece after cabinet reshuffle

GREECE’S Prime Minister Antonis Samaras said yesterday that avoiding new austerity measures to fulfill targets in the country’s international bailout was a priority of his two-party coalition government.

Samaras told ministers after Monday’s reshuffle: “Our immediate priority is to return to recovery ahead of time, defeat unemployment, bring in investment, avoid new measures and create jobs for the youth.

“We have no choice but to succeed and we are determined to succeed.”

Samaras has named Pasok party leader Evangelos Venizelos his deputy as part of a reshuffle sparked by the departure of his smallest coalition partner, the Democratic Left, in protest the closure of state broadcaster ERT.