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SYRIZA says Greece’s primary surplus is an ‘optical illusion’

SYRIZA economic affairs spokesman Euclid Tsakalotos accused the government on Tuesday of performing an “optical illusion” by claiming a central government primary surplus of almost 3 billion euros.

“The ministry gets 683 million euros from not paying tax returns to citizens and businesses,” he said. “It is getting another 2 billion euros from operational costs, which has almost brought the state to its knees, and 800 million euros from the Public Investment program.”

Tsakalotos said that public investments were 1.3 billion euros lower than had been planned. He said the government was only looking for praise and not genuine debate about public finances.