Monday, July 13, 2015 - 08:31
Dutch PM: Greece must replace rejected reform measures
Prime Minister Mark Rutte is hammering the Greek government to replace the reforms the country rejected with other measures. The European Union is currently still busy with a marathon Summit in Brussels on the Greek debt crisis. The European leaders are considering a compromise proposal on providing further support for the financially unstable country. The summit started just after 4:00 p.m. on Sunday afternoon, AD reports. The meeting broke just before midnight and resumed again at 4:15 a.m. on Monday. The purpose of the break was to discuss a particular subject, on which the debate reached a deadlock, in a smaller circle. With the previous support package for Greece, agreements were made on reforms and cutbacks. Some of these measures, which were introduced under the previous Greek government, have been reversed by the current government under Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras. This was done without the consent of the lenders and without replacing the measures with others that would have the same effect. Rutte is now demanding a guarantee that the measures will be compensated for or adapted so that, at the very least, the country is still making cutbacks. Last week the Dutch Prime Minister was rather pessimistic that an agreement could be reached with Greece, but he stated that he is still "hoping for a miracle".