Yet another concern was expressed by the European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker regarding Greece’s track on reforms. As he characteristically said, Athens needs to do more with its reforms program.
Addressing a joint press conference after a meeting with the French Prime Minister Manuel Valls. “I remain worried about Greece. I am not satisfied with the progress that we could have achieved in the past few days and I want all parties to get their wits together,” Mr. Juncker said. The new comments came amid the process in the Greek Parliament to pass a new bill in order to address the humanitarian crisis.
Reuters: Juncker urged Tsipras to tone down Varoufakis
Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis “is becoming part of Greece’s debt problem rather than the solution,” Reuters stated, quoting Juncker’s opinion. According to the report, one Eurozone official singled out his attacks on Germany and other powerful partners. “Varoufakis has become a serious liability in the relations between the euro zone and Greece. Attitudes toward a country are largely personalized, especially in a small and intimate environment as is the Eurogroup,” the official highlighted.
For the time being, no one is calling for the Greek Finance Minister’s head, although according to the same sources, the European Commission President told Greece’s Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras last week that Varoufakis needed to tone down his rhetoric if there was to be a successful result.