GUE/NGL MEP Dimitris Papadimoulis, Vice President of the European Parliament, said that the Radical Left Coalition (SYRIZA) party’s goal for measures on Greek debt relief has found “response in the lenders’ camp.” Speaking to radio station Praktoreio 104.9 FM, Papadimoulis said that “Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras’ contacts in the US proved that this idea has matured for many of our lenders, apart from Berlin and its very close allies. He said it would be beneficial if the measures agreed at the May 25 Eurogroup meeting were to be made specific.
Papadimoulis clarified that “we do not ask for more than what was decided at the Eurogroup, but we want all these to become specific; not only the short-term measures but also for mid-term ones. This will be a sign that the Greek economy has stabilized and will facilitate the investments that the Greek economy needs in order to return to a sustainable development path and tackle unemployment.”
Papadimoulis estimated that “there is an effort on Berlin’s part and particularly on the right side, and for reasons of political purposes, so that everything regarding the Greek debt relief is postponed after the German elections.”