Opposition presses PM over deal with lenders

Opposition parties urged Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras on Wednesday to seal an agreement with Greece’s lenders as soon as possible but also to inform them of what it plans to agree to.

“What fiscal measures are on the table, how large will they be and who will end up getting the bill?” said To Potami in a statement demanding answers from the government. “Are we talking about completing the review of the current program or an agreement covering the next few years?”

PASOK also chided Tsipras for failing to inform Parliament about the content of discussions with the institutions.

“Even now, the government is referring to a long-term deal with debt relief and a growth package,” said the Socialists. “This sounds like a third bailout but the government does not bother informing anyone about the length, funding, macroeconomic framework and terms of this agreement.”

New Democracy continues to be divided over how it should approach any agreement brought back to Athens. Party leader Antonis Samaras is not certain the conservatives should vote for the deal but several key officials, including ex-Development Minister Costis Hatzidakis, are adamant this is the only option. “We have to understand, the government included, that we cannot gamble the country’s future,” he said. “We all have to be aware of our national responsibilities.”

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