Tsipras: ‘We are Striving for Better Solutions on the Debt’

Wednesday, May 24th, 2017
Last Update: 22:44

The government’s strategic target was for Greece to be able to borrow directly from the markets after the current programme ends in August 2018, Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said on Wednesday.

Regarding Greece’s debt, the prime minister said the government was striving for better solutions than that presented by Germany’s finance minister at the last Eurogroup.“The strategic target is for the country to be able, after the end of the 3rd memorandum in August of 2018, to borrow from the markets at stable interests rates and something of this kind is near,” he told reporters during a press conference at the environment and energy ministry.

This goal was within reach irrespective of the solution adopted for the debt agreement, he added, whether this was the less optimistic proposal made by the German finance minister, which did not correspond to the sacrifices of the Greek people and was turned down by the government on Monday, or a better solution that the government was currently negotiating to achieve.

Tsipras noted that investments in Greece were no longer high risk and that the country had managed to remain within the inner core of the Eurozone, in spite of all the difficulties it had faced. “It is a country that does not have deficits, that has improved its finances and is creating the conditions for a very good comeback,” he added.

He also referred to an opinion poll in the German press indicating a shift in German public opinion regarding Greeks, away from the view that they were “lazy spendthrifts” paid for by the Germans. “After June 15 we will be here and we will see repeated good news regarding investment in Greece,” Tsipras said.

(Source: ANA-MPA)

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