Tsipras letter to Bettel leaked
(CS) With less than 48 hours remaining until Greece's bailout programme expires, after the Eurogroup this weekend opted against an extension, a copy of a letter sent by Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras to EU heads of government has now been leaked.
A copy of the letter sent to Luxembourg Prime Minister Xavier Bettel was published on the Financial Times's Brussels blog.
In his letter Tsipras argues that a request to have the Master Financial Assistance Facility extended for a period one month was not accepted, “regrettably, and on unclear grounds.”
The one-month extension would have allowed for a Greek referendum on the bailout proposals by the European institutions to take place in a “calm and positive climate” and for talks to resume on July 6 in the spirit of the outcome of the public poll, he says.
The Greek PM goes on to say that the referendum does not raise any issues on the country's EU membership, but is aimed to ensuring “ownership over the financial assistance programme that will be eventually agreed with the institutions.”
He therefore calls on the Luxembourg government to reconsider its decision to extend the bailout programme and the request made with eurozone finance ministers.
According to the Financial Times, letters were sent to all heads of government of euro member countries.
There has not yet been a response from Xavier Bettel or the Luxembourg government. Bettel is currently in New York City on an ICT mission.
Luxembourg on July 1 officially takes over the presidency of the Council of the European Union.
Read a full copy of the letter here.