Greece could leave the EU unless a solution is found soon, warns the country’s central bank.
“Unless a settlement is reached, begins a painful journey that initially leads to Greece must suspend payments and ultimately leave the euro zone, and – most likely – the European Union,” they say in a statement from the bank, AFP reports.
The words come ahead of Thursday’s meeting in Luxembourg, where the euro finance ministers trying to make another attempt to reach an agreement with the crisis-hit country. In the corridors they still mumble while the Heads of State and Government furthermore may be called in for an extra euro summit on Sunday.
Yesterday, Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras went out with harsh words against the lenders, whom he accused of wanting to “humiliate” the country.
– I am sure that the historians of the future will recognize that little Greece, with its little power, today is waging a battle that is beyond its capability, not just for its own sake, but for all the peoples of Europe, Tsipras said to Parliament and the Greek TV viewers.
Austrian Chancellor Werner Faymann, who visits Tsipras today, while also providing a certain support.
– If Europe is to become stronger, it must show solidarity and support to the countries that need it, said Faymann after a meeting with President of Greece Prokopis Pavlopoulos, Reuters reports.
Europe want to know what Greece wants
In Brussels, the EU Commission still reiterating that the responsibility now lies with the Greek government. -What is needed now is the political will of the Greek side to reach a deal, saying the EU’s Euro Commissioner Valdis Dombrovskis during a press conference. -In this situation it is important that Greece not only tells us what they do not want to do, but also what they want to do, said Dombrovskis. Roughly the same is expressed before the Dutch parliament by Finance Minister Jeroen Dijsselbloem, who chairs the euro zone finance minister meetings.
– It is up to the Greeks to present alternatives. What they do not want, they have clearly explained. But it does mean that they have to introduce others, alternative proposals, says Dijsselbloem, who also asked his colleagues to postpone tomorrow’s election of a new chairman of the finance minister meetings and to instead concentrate on Greece. Dijsselbloem vying for a continuation, challenged by his Spanish counterpart Luis de Guindos. The Greek warning to EU exit can also mean the end of the discussions between the EU countries.