Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras on Wednesday demanded an emergency summit of eurozone leaders if talks between his country and its lenders are still deadlocked by Friday, a sign of rising frustration in Greece over tough demands by its creditors.
However, the Greek premier’s bold move is likely to fall on deaf ears, with other eurozone leaders preoccupied with political turbulence elsewhere.
The demand came after a delegation of Greek ministers and the country’s international creditors met in Brussels until the early hours of Wednesday in an attempt to bridge differences over labor reforms, pension cuts and tax increases that lenders want Greece’s government to implement.
Following those talks, Tsipras attacked his creditors at the eurozone and the International Monetary Fund for “unacceptable obstruction” in current bailout talks, suggesting they were seeking to impose ever-tougher austerity on Greece.
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