Newly-elected Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras met EU leaders in Brussels on Wednesday, in a bid to renegotiate the terms of the Troika’s 240bn euro bailout plan.
Speaking to journalists in the European Parliament, Tsipras said that he is ‘optimistic’ that a “mutually acceptable agreement and compromise for a common future” will be found.
“We have our goals, which is to respect the people’s sovereignty in Greece and the clear mandate of our people, and at the same time we respect the rules of the EU,” Tsipras said. “We want to re-correct this framework, not to smash this framework.”
Tsipras’ left-wing party Syriza won a decisive victory in the Greek elections earlier last month, after pledging they it will put an end to years of austerity.