Greece has made its own concessions to complete the second program review and implement reforms and it is now time for Germany and the International Monetary Fund to make their own, Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said on Wednesday, addressing the general assembly of the Association of Industries of Northern Greece in Thessaloniki.
“We expect our partners to finally respect the sacrifices of the Greek people with a comprehensive deal that will end the country’s bondage,” he noted.
Continuing on the efforts to achieve an agreement with the institutions, he said his government made a great concession to fulfill one of the two conditions presented by the IMF to participate in the program, which was to legislate in advance measures for 2019 and 2020.
“And now it is the duty of Europe to satisfy this second condition, which is the measures on debt, because it was Europe, or some of our partners, who demand the participation of the IMF and this participation cannot be a la carte. That is, we cannot say yes to reforms and the measures and no to debt. You can't have your cake and eat it too,” he said.