Sa­ma­ras ar­gues po­lit­i­cal fears blocked 2014 re­view

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For­mer prime min­is­ter An­to­nis Sa­ma­ras be­lieves that po­lit­i­cal rea­sons pre­vented the troika from con­clud­ing the bailout re­view with his gov­ern­ment in late 2014.

Speak­ing to Sun­day’s Kathimerini, Sa­ma­ras, now a New Democ­racy MP, said that the cred­i­tors re­al­ized that snap elec­tions were on the hori­zon and chose not to reach a deal with his coali­tion.

“The re­view did not close for po­lit­i­cal rea­sons: Our lenders re­al­ized that we would prob­a­bly not man­age to elect a new pres­i­dent and be forced to head to snap elec­tions,” he said, ar­gu­ing that the fis­cal short­fall needed to con­clude talks was 600 mil­lion eu­ros.

“The lenders feared that if Greece got the fi­nal in­stall­ment of 7.2 bil­lion eu­ros in De­cem­ber 2014, the money would be in dan­ger of end­ing up in the hands of the next gov­ern­ment, which was threat­en­ing to blow ev­ery­thing sky-high,” Sa­ma­ras said. “That is when we saw them start in­creas­ing their de­mands so that the re­view would never be com­pleted.”

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