EU should ease bailout due to refugees, Tsipras says


Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras says Greece has taken on a "responsibility beyond its means" in handling the massive influx of refugees entering the European Union while enduring a financial crisis.

Speaking Wednesday after meeting with European Parliament President Martin Schulz, Tsipras said the financial crisis had caused a "humanitarian crisis domestically" and his government wanted European creditors to show "the same solidarity that we are showing to the refugees."

At a separate news conference in Athens, however, EU financial affairs commissioner Pierre Moscovici indicated it was unlikely the EU would relax bailout conditions for Greece.

The bailout rules must be implemented and "nothing must lead to relaxing the reforms," he said. [AP]