Tsipras branded a liar by EC chief­tain

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS - CHARLES MI­RANDA

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”.

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