Greek PM says ‘confident’ of debt deal, ESM loan support
“I am and remain confident that we will succeed in reaching a deal and in loan support (from the European Stability Mechanism)… that will end economic uncertainty,” Tsipras said, adding that certain EU states with a “hidden plan to reshape the eurozone using Greece as the excuse” would fail.
Tsipras has hurried his radical left government into finalising the terms of the 85 billion euro ($93 billion) bailout, which was submitted to parliament for a Thursday vote.
The PM’s remarks came as Germany — which has consistently cast doubt on Athens’ reform potential — said it needed more time to comb through the 400-page text setting out the fiscal and other policy measures Greece must adopt in exchange for the lifeline.
Greece and its creditors — the EU, the European Central Bank, and the International Monetary Fund — are under pressure to finalise the deal by next Thursday when Athens must repay some 3.4 billion euros to the ECB.