The immediate Greek crisis may be over as four-month extension of the country’s bailout from European creditors looked set to be approved by governments in the 19-nation euro currency zone by the end of this week. But the war of words between Greece and Germany has not stopped.
The crisis could well erupt again at the end of June, by which time Athens and its European leaders will have to agree a permanent solution to the Greek dilemma.
The European Commission’s president, Jean-Claude Juncker, in an interview with WirtschaftsWoche, suggests Greece has not yet accepted its role in the European debt crisis, and its role in fixing it.
WirtschaftsWoche: Mr. Juncker, the Greek government has been snubbing its European partners for weeks now. Are Greece’s Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and his finance minister Yanis Varoufakis inexperienced or brazen?
Jean-Claude Juncker: I have not yet seen a lot of top grade expertise. But we shouldn’t jump to conclusions – after all, nobody ever became an expert over night, not even from Greece.