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05/12/2016

No letup of attacks on Greece

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No letup of attacks on Greece

Yanis Varoufakis

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Greece’s international partners have grown mistrustful, Austrian Finance Minister Hans Joerg Schelling said on Friday, while German tabloid BILD renewed its attacks on the country’s embattled finance minister.

“We have a crisis of confidence with Greece,” the conservative minister told reporters. “Something is decided every day, and on the next day it doesn’t apply any more.”

Addressing speculation of another debt haircut for Greece, Schelling stated: “You can easily calculate this: it brings nothing.”

He said it would not ease Greece’s budget problems and was no solution to its fiscal woes.

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The Austrian minister added that the Greece problem “will occupy us for some time. I don’t know what will emerge”.

The language from Berlin was equally unkind, as Germany’s leading right-wing tabloid, BILD, continued in its criticisms of the Greek government.

Greece’s outspoken Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis is not planning to resign, two Greek government officials said on Friday, denying a report by the newspaper.

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BILD’s online version on Friday cited a Greek government source as saying it was only a matter of time until Varoufakis resigned, adding that such a decision had already been made.

“None of this is true, it’s far from reality,” one of the officials told Reuters.