Parliament President Voutsis: Greece must not be faced with ‘damaging dilemmas’ over IMF

Greece must not be presented with damaging dilemmas that aim to satisfy aims related to elections in other countries, such as in Germany, Parliament President Nikos Voutsis said in an interview with CNN Greece released on Sunday. He was replying to questions regarding the participation of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in the Greek programme and Germany’s positions on this issue.

Replying to questions on the second review of Greece’s programme, Voutsis said that the government is “obliged to be optimistic since all the figures concerning the Greek economy, chief among them the outperformance of revenue targets,” showed that it was implementing the agreements in a way that should have led to the completion of the review in December.

He also noted that the opinions of German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble were not the only views in Germany, pointing to “interesting” positions expressed by German Vice Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel as an example.

Voutsis repeated that elections will be held in 2019, at the end of the government’s four-year term, and said his goal for 2017 as Parliament president was to avoid “fast-track” processing of legislation as far as this was possible.