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Juncker: Greece misleading voters

June 16, 2015 6:17 pm

Jean-Claude Juncker has accused the Greek government of misleading voters as Alexis Tsipras said its creditors were trying to “humiliate” the country.

The European Commission president said the government had not told the truth about its bailout proposals.

“I am blaming the Greeks [for telling] things to the Greek public which are not consistent with what I’ve told the Greek prime minister,” Mr Juncker said.

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Mr Tsipras has said that the lenders wanted to raise VAT on electricity.
Other Greek ministers have criticised suggestions to increase sales tax on medicines.

However, Mr Juncker said: “I’m not in favour, and the prime minister knows that, … of increasing VAT on medicaments and electricity. This would be a major mistake.”

“The debate in Greece and outside Greece would be easier if the Greek government would tell exactly what the Commission… are really proposing,” he added.

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