The European Union agreed that this position was “fully compatible” with its own agenda on a Greek bailout, which could be worth up to €86 billion (RM361.97 billion).
“We opted for a hard compromise and a recessionary program, we admit it”, Tsipras told lawmakers on Friday.
Greece’s finance and economy ministers and the mission chiefs of the quartet of creditors – the European Commission, European Central Bank, IMF and the European bailout fund – met on Friday to kick off talks on a third bailout for Greece.
As you can understand, there was convergence on some points, and less convergence on others, he said.
An exact date has yet to be set for the September gathering, which is meant to determine the government’s strategy and preserve party unity after the bailout talks prompted a rebellion among some Syriza lawmakers.
After remaining tightlipped on the matter, Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tasipras, while speaking to a parliamentary session, denied any wrong doings said: “We didn’t design or have a plan to pull the country out of the euro, but we did have emergency plans”.
If the SYRIZA-led government had plotted to take Greece out of the euro, why would they not have done so, with a 63 percent “no” vote in a recent referendum on an austerity proposal by creditors, he remarked.
Without the IMF’s involvement, Greece’s eurozone partners will have to find more funds to meet Athens’ short-term financing needs, raising questions about whether the outline €86bn (£60bn) bailout thrashed out earlier this month will prove workable.
At a meeting of the Syriza movement’s 200-member central committee held in an old cinema hall, Tsipras defended his decision to accept harsh bailout terms as the best deal anyone could win for Greece.
“This nation no lengthy has democracy, however a peculiar sort of totalitarianism – a dictatorship of the euro”, outstanding dissenter Panagiotis Lafazanis stated. Leaders of the party’s Left Platform protested that will be too late to stop the bailout, but failed in their bid to force a party congress this weekend. “It would have been politically naive and irresponsible not to do so”.
“The troika returns, the country signs off a new bailout attached to barbaric measures and collateralization of its wealth, German plans for Grexit haven’t been called off, and the bankruptcy has already happened”, the statement said.
Tsipras didn’t instantly handle Varoufakis’ extra controversial declare that he had been planning to hack into his personal ministry’s tax data to bypass officers allegedly beneath the management of Greece’s collectors.
Mr Tsipras did not directly address the reported details of the plan, which was to have allowed the government to introduce a parallel payment system if the banking system was closed down and the drachma had to be re-introduced. “This is of course one of the reasons why we say this requires hard discussions on both sides”.
“You can not accuse him of stealing the money of the Greek people or of having a secret plan to crash the country into the rocks”, the premier said.