Greek PM Tsipras: Our Aim Is to Achieve an Economically Viable Agreement

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, upon his arrival at the European Commission headquarters in Brussels on Monday, referred to the key points of the agreement proposed by the Greek government.

Tsipras is currently meeting with European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker. Government Vice President Yiannis Dragasakis and State Minister Nikos Pappas are also part of the Greek delegation.

“Our aim is to achieve an economically viable agreement, leaving excessive primary surpluses behind, saving pensions and salaries, avoiding excessive and unreasonable increases in electricity for the middle class families, restoring normality in labor relations and at the same time promoting the necessary structural and legal reforms aimed at redistributing the burden, combating tax evasion and corruption. These are our key points for an agreement,” Tsipras said.

Asked whether he sees an agreement on Monday, Juncker said “Progress was made over the past days but we are not there yet.”
“I don’t know if we will have an agreement today,” he added.
(source: ana-mpa)


  1. Tsipras’ statement was loaded with buzz words that will be easily misconstrued and ample wiggle room for the Leftist PM to attempt to “sell” a bad deal to his electorate. Someone needs to check if Betty or Alexis are packing their bags.

  2. Chris whether you call it buzz words or something else, our PM MUST speak in clear and concise statements especially when deep in negotiations with Lenders and following six years of punitive austerity. Reading the headlines here on GR some are speculating Tsipras will sign a Memorandum although the claim is that it is not. My belief is Greece cannot remain in the EZ. It may be forced to remain for the foreseeable future, but I have no doubt it will leave as debt service is unsustainable and a looming banking crisis brought on by global QE. Politically I view all major parties to be the plague of Greece and should be quarantined at the earliest opportunity.

  3. Eventually someone will pin him down to clarify his statements. Talking out of both sides of one’s mouth takes years of practice. Antonis took decades of double speak and finger pointing lessons before becoming PM.

  4. Tsipras, management consultant ? You can’t be serious. Tsipras could not manage a Kool-Aid stand for 24 hours, before it would go broke, and need a loan.