Greek PM Alexis Tsipras critical of Greece's creditors in WSJ piece
Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras yesterday urged Greece’s creditors to stop blocking the country’s return to economic growth in an op-ed piece published in the Wall Street Journal. He was critical of both the IMF and European creditors and called on both to ‘end punitive policies of the past’.
He claimed that Greece is ‘finally turning the page’ and that the country had over performed economically over the last couple of years since his SYRIZA party came to power in January 2015.
He continued, 'It is vital to proceed with decisive steps regarding Greek debt in a way that no economic cost – not even a penny – would be incurred by European Union taxpayers. The clash between the EU and the IMF over Greece’s public debt deprives our economy of invaluable time, which would set back the long-awaited return to growth’.
Tsipras reiterated that Greece will honour its obligations, but stressed that the 'safest path to this goal is to foster growth and end the punitive approaches of the past’.