Greek finance minister rejects collaboration with troika

Varoufakis wants new accord; no unilateral action, Dijsselbloem

30 January, 18:00

    Eurogroup President Jeroen Dijsselbloem visits Athens Eurogroup President Jeroen Dijsselbloem visits Athens

    (ANSAmed) - ROME, JANUARY 30 - Greece's new finance minister, Yanis Varoufakis, said Friday that the country has no intention of collaborating with the EU and IMF international creditors for an extension to the bailout program that expires at the end of February. The minister stressed that a new agreement drawn up in a collaborative spirit was needed, and that Athens refused to deal with the 'troika' of creditors. He noted that the ''government distinguishes between institutional bodies and the representatives of the creditors tasked with monitoring the program that we have already rejected''. ''Our intention is to convince our partners that finding a solution is in the interests of all of us,'' Varoufakis added, calling for an ''agreement that will come from negotiations between all European partners, to whom we will address ourselves while focusing on Europe's interests.'' ''There can be no development through unilateral actions,'' said Jeroen Dijsselbloem, head of the eurozone finance ministers' group - who is in Athens for talks with the new government - after meeting with Varoufakis. He stressed that ''the important thing is that Greece does not throw away everything that has been achieved in these years.

    It is up to the Greek government to choose its direction and then we can move forward.'' Dijsselbloem added that ''the next steps will be decided prior to the end of the program and by the end of February''.


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