EU official voices concern over Greek PM handouts

EU official voices concern over Greek PM handouts

“Relief measures” announced by Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras ahead of municipal and European Parliament elections appear to have raised concerns among EU governments over the country’s efforts to meet its pledges to lenders.

“People are worried about what has been announced. [They are] worried if Greeks will stick to commitments,” an unnamed EU official told journalists in Brussels on Tuesday.

Although Greece is not on the agenda of Thursday’s Eurogroup meeting, the same official said Greek Finance Minister Euclid Tsakalotos is likely to be questioned about the handouts announced last week by his prime minister.

The same official did not rule out that some European parliaments may not approve Greek plans for an early repayment of loans owed to the International Monetary Fund.

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