Monday, February 2, 2015
Greece says not in 'Wild West showdown' with Europe
February 2, 2015
Greece sought to reassure international investors on Monday that it was not in a Wild West-style standoff with European partners over a new debt agreement, although sparring partner Germany gave no ground after a tough first week.
Spurning neckties, new Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and his pugnacious finance minister Yanis Varoufakis are touring European capitals in a diplomatic offensive to replace Greece's bailout accord with the European Union, European Central Bank (ECB) and International Monetary Fund, known as the "troika".
Varoufakis said he was confident he could reach a negotiated settlement soon, telling Britain's Channel 4 news it was time to stop Greece being a "festering wound" on Europe and dismissing a suggestion the ECB could block a new deal.