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Athens Macedonian News Agency: News in English, 15-06-12

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From: The Athens News Agency at <http://www.ana.gr/>

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  • [01] Varoufakis on Twitter: We never gambled
  • [02] State Minister: Wherever the IMF goes, harsh austerity is imposed

  • [01] Varoufakis on Twitter: We never gambled

    "Contrary to stubborn rumors, we never gambled," Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis on Friday posted on his Twitter.

    Varoufakis also attached an article published at New York Times (February 16, 2015) entitled "No time for games in Europe."

    [02] State Minister: Wherever the IMF goes, harsh austerity is imposed

    ANA/MPA---State Minister Alekos Flambouraris left insinuations over IMF's stance and referred to "games on IMF's part" speaking to the public broadcaster ERT on Friday.

    He also proposed the IMF's withdrawal from the negotiations and the extension of the payment of June's installment.

    "I doubt the figures released constantly by the institutions," he said commenting on Jerry Rice's statement that according to the IMF "the Greeks get their pensions 7 years earlier than the Germans" adding that "people are not numbers".

    "Wherever the IMF has gone, it has created a tremendous austerity. There are only a few exceptions of countries where growth has been achieved," noted Flambouraris and proposed the Fund's retirement from the negotiation.

    "The IMF can leave from the table of the negotiations. The European Commission can buy the loan. The European leadership can play its role," he stated and estimated that "the IMF is playing games" regarding the deadline set in the negotiation and wondered "What means times is running out?"

    At a question on a possible Grexit, he said that it has been heard since 2009 and we are in 2015 and it hasn't happened, while regarding the possibility of a bankruptcy he said that "it is not in the lenders' interest" and quoted German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

    "Merkel has stated that a Greek bankruptcy will be damage for us, but it will cost much more to the world economy," he said. In any case he "sees" an agreement very soon, most probably at the Eurogroup. "I hope that the agreement will be reached very soon. On June 18 at the next Eurogroup meeting." he noted.


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