The general climate in Europe is the one expressed in Manfred Weber’s (European People’s party president) statements on IMF’s withdrawal, stated Alternate Foreign Minister George Katrougalos in an interview with Athens Macedonian News Agency after the conclusion of his visit to Berlin.
“Everyone in Europe understands that the IMF asks for absurd things, as to open again issues of the first review, or questions European Commission and Eurostat’s reports which are indications that deliberately asks for things that no reasonable man would accept, in order to withdraw” said Katrougalos. “Only the German Finance Ministry supports these harsh views” said the Greek minister adding that “the good thing is that despite the fact that these views are expressed since 2012, they are totally isolated”. He referred to German Labour Minister Andrea Nahles statement at SPD’s congress for a social Europe who characterised Schaeuble’s attitude “totally irresponsible”.
Katrougalos said that the second review can be completed immediately with a political agreement adding that Greece is not responsible for the delay. “Nobody can ask for precautionary measures when not needed. This is our negotiation line and on this we will insist”.