Tsipras branded a liar by EC chieftain
GREECE’S Prime Minister Alex Tsipras was lying to his people over the financial crisis and the European Union felt betrayed by his “egotism” that ended the political talks over the troubled nation’s financial future.
That’s the view of the European Commission’s normally cautious chief Jean-Claude Juncker, who made a stunning rebuke of Mr Tsipras and his negotiating team as markets across Europe fell sharply yesterday and Greece officially defaults on its loans today.
Mr Juncker, never really known for making blunt or undiplomatic statements, said he felt “betrayed” and saddened by Greece’s “egotism, tactical games, populist games” during the failed debt talks, interpreted as meaningless by its leader. He questioned the Greek plan that was delayed and handed to finance ministers just hours before a summit and had been “deliberately altered” in an attempt to play one great democracy against 18 others.
He also called on the Greek people to go against their government’s wishes at next Sunday’s referendum and vote to stay in the euro currency and called on the Greek government to “tell the truth to the Greek people instead of simplifying its own message to a ‘ no’ message”.