PM ups stakes in stormy SYRIZA session, says he won’t accept loss of majority

Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras on Friday upped the ante during a stormy session of the SYRIZA party’s Parliamentary group, warning MPs that he will “not accept a loss of the Parliamentary ruling majority” during the vote concerning Greece’s proposal to the lenders, even if the motion is passed.

“Let each of you take the measure of yourself and of your history,” he told MPs at the close of the session, according to sources.

Earlier, a conference call to discuss Greece’s request for financial aid from the European Stability Mechanism (ESM) and the accompanying reform proposals, between the heads of the three institutions asked to assess the Greek request, ended after the three sides agreed on a joint position.

The meeting was between European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, International Monetary Fund (IMF) Managing Director Christine Lagarde, European Central Bank President Mario Draghi and Eurogroup President Jeroen Dijsselbloem.

According to a European Commission spokesperson, the common position of the three institutions was now being written up and will be sent to the Eurogroup.

 

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