D. Papadimoulis: Greece must make use of ‘every minute’ up to Feb. 20 to reach agreement

“We must use every minute until the Eurogroup on February 20 in order for ‘white smoke’ to emerge, either with a complete agreement or with a clear outline of an agreement that, along with a tight schedule, will lead to the completion of the second review,” European Parliament Vice President and SYRIZA MEP Dimitris Papadimoulis said on Wednesday, talking to the radio station ‘Athina 9.84’.

He also stressed that those raising the possibility of Grexit were “out of touch with reality and off-topic”. What could be at the back of their minds, Papadimoulis added, was a “Tsipras-exit” and the departure of Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and his government, not Greece’s exit from the euro.

The MEP attacked Greece’s main opposition party, saying it was so desperate to take over power that “instead of wearing the Team Greece colours when it goes abroad, it broadcasts the message ‘help me topple Tsipras now so that I can give you everything you want because later it will be hard and will have to go up to 2019.'”