Even before it crackled huge. As Euro group boss Jeroen Dijsselbloem and Greek Finance Minister Giani new Varoufakis after two hours talking to the press room entered, the atmosphere was stretched to breaking.
The welcome of euro-group leader Jeroen Dijsselbloem by Greece’s new Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis in Athens was friendly. And yet the fronts hardened on Friday in the dispute between Greece and the EU. Varoufakis announced to working with the troika of the European Commission, IMF and European Central Bank. Which had been negotiated for the aid donors and runs with the land. Even the current bailout program, stand still from the payments do not want to extend the Greek government. At the same time assured Varoufakis, Athens would implement reforms to make the economy more competitive.
“Our government will continue the outermost cooperation with the institutions of the euro zone and look for the IMF, but with the Committee of the troika, the aims to implement a program that we think is anti-European and that is poorly structured according to the European Parliament, we do not want to work. “
Dijsselbloem warned Greece to unilateral decisions and urged the new government to to comply with the existing arrangements.
“I understand that the Greek population has been through a lot in recent years and had to endure harsh measures. But a lot of progress has been made in Greece to get back on track and I think it is important not to lose this progress. “
Dijsselbloem met on Friday in Athens with the new Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras. This will in next week’s inaugural visits to a number of European partners and the European Commission, but not in Germany. During the campaign, he had German Chancellor Angela Merkel and the view expressed by its austerity policies for the social problems in his country partly responsible. The deadline to remove barriers to the payment of the last installment of the Euro-utility runs until 28 February. However, the Russian Finance Minister Anton Siluanow has already signaled his country if Greece for financial help please, you’ll think about it.