Greece’s economy did not suffer as much as feared from the imposition of capital controls, its finance minister said yesterday, saying the country still had plenty of untapped growth potential. Euclid Tsakalotos told lawmakers the fallout from capital restrictions imposed in June was milder than expected, and would manifest in the third and fourth quarters of 2015. “We are [also] on a better course than I had expected on bank recapitalization. I am more optimistic today than I was a month ago,” he said. said yesterday. “The expectation is that if the economic environment remains stable capital controls can be lifted in the first quarter of 2016,” he told lawmakers. Greece imposed capital controls in June to prevent a cash run on its banks. There has been a very gradual easing for domestic controls, but the bulk of restrictions remains in force.