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Il Sole 24 Ore - Italy | Thursday, May 28, 2015

Creditors want to bring Athens to heel

Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and his leading negotiator Euclid Tsakalotos announced on Wednesday that they expect to reach an agreement with Greece's creditors within two weeks. But the latter are not interested in swiftly concluding the negotiations, the liberal business daily Il Sole 24 Ore counters: "The solution proposed by the unbending partners is dictated by a lack of trust. It aims not at concluding the negotiations but at prolonging them for weeks, if not months. Meanwhile Athens is to receive the 11 billion euros at its disposal not in one go but in dribs and drabs. A means of bringing the Greek government to heel and making sure that the reform plan is adhered to. … This rotten compromise may end the self-destructive trial of strength but it will hardly put an end to the Greek crisis."

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