'No rift between the EU Commission and Greece,' Moscovici

PARIS - The European Commissioner for Economic and Financial Affairs, Pierre Moscovici, has ruled out any breakdown between the EU commission and the new Greek authorities.

"The Commission wants to continue to help and assist Greece. So there is no question about any rift," Moscovici said in an interview to French dailies Le Parisien and Aujourd’hui en France.

He said that the commission is committed to continuing to provide assistance to Greece.

"The existing aid program for Greece was extended for two months. We need to review it. We'll see with the Greek government under what conditions we can conduct this review, always with the main interest of staying alongside Greece," he said.

Moscovici added that the EU Commission and European Union are determined to have less "invasive" interactions and more "flexible" forms of cooperation with Greece.

He explained that Greece has to set the goal to recover by encouraging growth and job creation, while reducing inequalities, in order to tackle the debt problem and remain within the Eurozone.

Syriza won 36.3 percent of the vote in Sunday's elections, with the ruling coalition gaining 27.8 percent, giving Syriza a projected 149 seats in the 300-seat parliament -- two short of the absolute majority needed to form a single-party government.

The right-wing Independent Greeks party agreed to form a coalition government with the leftist Syriza.

Although ideologically different from Syriza, the Independent Greeks share its anti-austerity policy.

Alexis Tsipras, Greece's youngest prime minister in 150 years, unveiled the country's new government made up of 39 ministries, six of whom are women. 

Panos Kammenos, the head of Independent Greeks, was appointed defense minister.

The President of European Parliament Martin Schulz will travel to Athens on Thursday for the first visit by a European official since Sunday's elections.

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