Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has made it clear that the government wants to reach an “honourable compromise” to solve the debt crisis.
He was speaking at a joint news conference with Austrian Chancellor Werner Faymann, who had travelled to Athens in a bid to end the stand-off between Greece and its creditors.
Speaking to the media Tsipras said:“If an honourable compromise can be reached, myself and my ministers, the whole Greek government will apply the deal and make it happen. If we don’t find an honourable compromise and a viable financial solution, the Greek government will take responsibility and say the big ‘no’ to a destructive policy for Greece.”
As the blame game continues Greek banks are creaking under the sheer weight of cash withdrawals, it is estimated that €30bn have been taken out of the system between October and April.
On the streets of Athens the talk is of little else:“Everyone is worried about their deposits, it isn’t personal, listen to the government, this is a national problem,” said one
This month Greece must repay €6.73bn, in July €5.95bn and in August €4.38bn.