Athens has reached the point where a deal with its creditors might finally be done. At several points in the last two weeks, that didn’t seem likely
Alexis Tsipras, the Greek prime minister, has been summoned to Brussels for emergency talks with Europe’s leading politicians. Can a cash-for-reforms deal be struck? Greece’s eurozone bailout expires next Tuesday, when it is also due to repay €1.6bn (£1.13bn) to the International Monetary Fund.
“The ball is very much in Greece’s court, There are major differences between us in most key areas. There has been no progress in narrowing these differences recently.”
“If the Greek government can’t accept the fact that there are no easy solutions and that the difficult decisions just must be made, it is alone. We can’t help Greece if Greece doesn’t want to help itself ... They have to come with serious proposals.”
“I don’t believe that any sensible European bureaucrat or politician will go down that road.”
“We need a strong and comprehensive agreement with Greece. And we need it very soon.”
“The IMF has criminal responsibility for today’s situation.”
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“At the moment we haven’t got the money.”
“We can only arrive at a resolution if there is a dialogue. Right now we’re short of a dialogue.”
“The game of chicken needs to end and so does the blame game. This is not a game and there is no time for any games.”
“The most important thing is that the leaders take full responsibility for the political process to avoid the worst case scenario, which means uncontrollable, chaotic Graccident.”
“We are fully aware that there are in the proposal, measures that are hard and which under other circumstances we would never take.”Continue reading...