Europe finds itself face to face with the dead-ends it has created through its policies, Greek opposition leader and SYRIZA chief Alexis Tsiras said on Wednesday.
Speaking from the radical-left coalition’s headquarters in central Athens, Tsipras accused Prime Minister Antonis Samaras of not using his negotiating power he’s given by the disagreement between the country’s partners and creditors.
Tsipras’s comments came in the aftermath of a lengthy meeting between eurozone finance ministers and the International Monetary Fund, which ended early Wednesday, during which Greece’s partners and creditors failed to reach an agreement regarding the country’s debt sustainability and the release of a fresh tranche of bailout aid.
“Disbursement of the next loan will not secure the sustainability of Greek debt,” said Tsipras, who added that the Eurogroup had even considered a repayment freeze.
In his statements, Tsipras asked what the Greek government’s position regarding the country’s debt sustainability was. He also added that the Prime Minister had lost “the last ounce of respectability” by claiming that Greece would run out of money by November 16.
“Samaras has become a pre-election tool for Merkel, who does not want to admit that she has made serious mistakes,” he added.