|Posted by moodhacker on February 11, 2017 at 8:50 AM|
Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has said he believed the country's drawn-out bailout review would be completed positively but said Athens would not accept "illogical" demands by its lenders.
"We are ready to discuss anything within the framework of the (bailout) agreement and within reason, but not things beyond the framework of the agreement and beyond reason," Mr Tsipras told a meeting of his Syriza party.
"We will not discuss demands which are not backed up by logic and by numbers," he said.
Greece and its international lenders made "progress" on Friday 10th, ten daays before the critical deadline of Greece, towards bridging differences over its fiscal path incoming years, moving closer to a deal that would secure new loan disbursements and save the country from default.
Representatives of its lenders are expected to return to Athens this week to report on whether Greece has complied with a second batch of reforms agreed under the current bailout, its third, but such arrival has not been announced yet .
Tsipras warned IMF, but first of all German Minister of Finance, to stop 'playing with fire'
Mr Tsipras also warned the International Monetary Fund and German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble to "stop playing with fire" in the handling of his country's debt.
He urged a change of course from the IMF. "We expect as soon as possible that the IMF revise its forecast... so that discussions can continue at the technical level."
Referring to Mr Schaeuble, Tsipras also called for German Chancellor Angela Merkel to "encourage her finance minister to end his permanent aggressiveness" towards Greece.
Eurogroup chief Jeroen Dijsselbloem said progress had been made in the Brussels talks with Greek Finance Minister Euclid Tsakalotos and other EU and IMF officials.
Alexis Tsipras , though ,kept some optimist for his comprads at the Central Commitee of his left governing party where he spoke hours after the hard meeting of his finance minister Tsakalotos in Brussels .
"As long as Europe remains weak-willed, powerless and weak the powers of Euroscepticism will become stronger. Our country will turn page. The crisis belongs to the past" stated Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras in his opening address to the meeting of SYRIZA central committee that is held on Saturday and Sunday in Athens. "2017 will be a crucial year for Europe" said Tsipras noting that "for the first time the Euro-Atlantic relation and its orientation are shaking". Referring to the negotiations with Greece's lenders, the Greek prime minister said "We respect those agreed and our partners should also honour the agreements. The second review will conclude and it will conclude positively".
A government's top official estimated that German Chancellor Merkel at some point will intervene because she would not want to go to elections with the Greek issue pending. On the sidelines of SYRIZA Central Committee meeting on Saturday, the same source said to ANA-MPA referring to the differences between the institutions that there must be common ground and the IMF to review its estimations. There was progress, but the return of the technical groups is not yet visible.
Defence Minister and Independent Greeks (ANEL) leader Panos Kammenos estimated that the second review will conclude without additional measures before February 20, in an interview with the Saturday edition of Efimerida ton Syntakton. He also said that the agreements with SYRIZA are honoured ruling out the possibility of a future cooperation with main opposition New Democracy (ND) that follows its former leader Antonis Samaras' model and has accepted neonazis in the party. I would never cooperate with this moer, said Kammenos.