Opposition Potami party leader Stavros Theodorakis reported both “good news” and “bad news” in tweets about his meeting with European Commissioner for Economic and Financial Affairs Pierre Moscovici in Strasbourg on Tuesday.
“The good news from Moscovici is that he believes we have time to complete the review within February,” Theodorakis said in a post on his Twitter account. “The bad news from Moscovici is that he believes it will be very difficult to conclude the review in March, April or May,” he added in a second post.
In statements after the meeting, Theodorakis called on the government to not miss the February deadline so that “we don’t miss quantitative easing in March and Greece is not swept up in the vortex of election battles in the Netherlands, France and Germany.” He stressed that only a few days remained.
“The opportunist scenario of delays that some in the government are discussing must be abandoned. No more crapshoots with the lives of the Greek people at stake,” he added. At the same time, he noted that the IMF must stop demanding “irrational” measures and align itself with the European institutions.
“This is what we discussed with Mr. Moscovici, who has an important role in these critical times. And his view, though naturally I cannot speak on his behalf, is that the IMF must accept the Commission’s forecasts for Greek growth and not insist on figures and forecasts that have been proved wrong in the past. Unfortunately, the government has once again wasted precious time and the country now finds itself with its back against a wall,” he said.
In addition to Moscovici, Theodorakis’ meetings on Tuesday included the head of the European People’s Party (EPP) group in the European Parliament Martin Weber, European Commissioner for Budget and Human Resources Günther Oettinger and European Commissioner for Regional Policy Corina Crețu.