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Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras Isn't Going To Literally Say "Angela Merkel And Her Cohorts Are Trying To Blackmail Me"

He's still going to throw the word "blackmail" down *and* lay it on thick about how the founding fathers of the EU would be extremely disappointed about the current situation.
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That's just because it would be rude to call her, and Francois Hollande, and Greece's other creditors out by name, and Tsipras considers himself a gentleman. He is however going to essentially say "Angela Merkel and her cohorts are trying to blackmail me."

German Chancellor Angela Merkel pressed the Greek government to accept a “generous” offer made by creditors, as Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras lamented the terms demanded in return for aid...Tsipras, who has been negotiating all week in Brussels, said he’ll defend the EU’s founding principles of “democracy, solidarity, equality, mutual respect” as he pursues an accord. “These principles were not based on blackmails and ultimatums, and especially in these crucial times no one has the right to put in danger these principles,” he told reporters...EU President Donald Tusk rejected the charge of blackmail, and neither is the common position of the institutions tantamount to an ultimatum, according to EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker.

Tsipras Cites Blackmail as Merkel Prods Greece to Take Offer [Bloomberg]


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