Europe appears to be getting increasingly impatient with Greece, telling it to “stop wasting time” over reforms, as the war of words between the parties intensifies.
Following a meeting of euro zone finance ministers in Brussels on Monday, at which Greece’s reform proposals and funding needs were discussed – again – the head of the Eurogroup appeared frustrated.
“My key message today was that we have spent now two weeks apparently discussing who meets whom where, in what configuration and on what agenda and it’s a complete waste of time. I cannot be explicit enough about it,” Eurogroup President, Jeroen Dijsselbloem, said in a press conference following the talks.
“That’s why we’ve said we’ve talked about this long enough now,” he added. “We only have four months…let’s get it done.”
Greece and the so-called troika of organizations which oversee the country’s bailout –the European Commission, European Central Bank and the International Monetary Fund – will start more technical discussions on Greek reforms, which are tied to its emergency financing, on Wednesday.