Government sources criticize Mitsotakis for describing deal with lenders as ‘fourth program’

Government sources criticized New Democracy president Kyriakos Mitsotakis on Wednesday, saying that every time the government successfully completes a program review the leader of the main opposition calls it a fourth bailout program.

The sources were responding to comments by Mitsotakis and ND party officials who said the technical deal achieved with lenders is essentially a fourth austerity program for Greece.

Speaking to the Athens-Macedonian News Agency on how the government brought about the deal, the sources said: “The main principle on which the Greek programs have been designed is defined by the idea, ‘we receive funding-we implement measures’. But what happened this time, despite the IMF’s demands for measures totaling 4.5 billion euros, is that the Greek government will receive the foreseen installment without new measures for 2017 and 2018.”