U.S. President Barack Obama’s visit to Athens marks a shift in American policy concerning Greece’s debt, a government source told on Wednesday, a few hours after the U.S. leader left Athens to continue his European tour to Berlin.
“The most important change in American policy can be condensed in the phrase, ‘you implemented reforms, now let’s see the deb’, instead of the previous stance of, ‘implement the reforms so that we can start discussing the debt’,” the source said, noting the visit was positive.
In fact, according to one view, Donald Trump’s win may have benefited the debt issue by speeding up the change, the source said, adding that the Greek side felt Obama’s full support on the refugee issue. Furthermore, the American government didn’t pressure the Greek side to proceed with the Cyprus issue.
On 19:30, government spokesman Dimitris Tzanakopoulos will hold a briefing with Obama’s visit as the sole topic.