FinMIn Tsakalotos: No evidence IMF wants Greece to accept fourth bailout for debt relief

It does not arise from any discussion with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) that debt relief would be granted to Greece only if the country accepted a fourth bailout, Finance Minister Euclid Tsakalotos said on Wednesday during his speech at the parliament’s economic committee on the 2017 draft budget.

“It is not obvious that the IMF wants another program in addition to the existing,” he said, adding he disagrees with PASOK’s former finance minister Nikos Christodoulakis on this issue.

“The government does not have a success story to promote. Our view is we can restore development in a sovereign way, by incorporating social forces which the dominant elite has abandoned,” he added.