Greek PM: ‘We are Under Pressure, but also have Political Momentum’

Thursday, April 13th, 2017
Last Update: 18:59

Greece’s Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras on Thursday addressed his cabinet saying that the agreement with creditors is “defendable” and that the International Monetary Fund “did not succeed in fully meeting any of its targets.”

Tsipras said that the IMF had irrational demands and was asking for fiscal measures worth 4.5 billion euros and changes in labor laws, but in the end the Fund did not reach any of its goals.

The prime minister accused New Democracy of its stance during negotiations and said that after the government achieved its targets the main opposition is at a very difficult position.

However, Tsipras admitted that Greek society is reacting to the austerity measures but the party is strong. “We are under pressure as a result of the austerity but we also have the political momentum, which we need to use so that the Greek economy skyrockets.”

The prime minister also noted that “this development may lead to a political success and to a new victory in the general elections” adding that “for this reason we need a great political counter-attack. A counter-attack with substance and not one made for communication reasons because this is what will lead us out of the memoranda and the supervision.”

Tsipras asked from his cabinet to get to work without any delays and expedite all investment projects so that growth is achieved.

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