The main opposition agrees with the harshest measures demanded by the institutions, Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said in parliament on Sunday, adding that New Democracy leader Kyriakos Mitsotakis’ remarks on Greece’s debt echoes that of Germany’s Finance Minister that the country’s problem is not its debt.
“Your problem is you identify with the worst positions of our creditors,” Tsipras told lawmakers during a debate on the prior actions bill demanded by Greece’s lenders to close the program review. “You want tough reforms but you don’t want a debt settlement. You are on the IMF’s side on reforms and on [Wolfgang] Schaeuble’s side on the debt issue.”
He went on to say that Greece’s problem is that it is negotiating with many parties, with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) demanding very tough reforms and additional measures, but also urging for debt cancellation. On the other side, he continued, Europeans say the measures demanded by the IMF are excessive and flexibility is needed, but at the same time cannot allow debt cancellation. “This is the problem of the negotiation,” he said.