Greek government spokeswoman Olga Gerovassili on Wednesday dismissed reports that Greece is on a collision course with Berlin.
In statements to the public radio she noted that it is not the first time that German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble expressed such positions. “Very often, these positions that are neither in the interest of the country nor the people, have been defeated in the EU,” she stressed.
On the IMF, she said that it often expresses neo-liberal views, adding that the outcome of the negotiations cannot be discounted. The IMF will decide in March, she stated, if it will participate in the Greek programme. However, she underlined that Europe should solve its problems by itself despite the fact that some countries would like the IMF’s participation.
From his part, the Deputy Foreign Minister Dimitris Mardas said in an interview with Praktorio 104.9 FM on Wednesday, referring to the declarations of Shaeuble, stressed that the German Minister “is a tough politician and a tough man. Tough policies and tough persons need tough answers. The Greek government responds properly to the positions of Mr Schaeuble”. Mardas underlined that the Greek government fully implements its commitments.