Eleni Panariti, the close associate of the Minister of Finances Yanis Varoufakis, who is participating in the negotiations with the European Union, European Central Bank and International Monetary Fund, has argued that the attitude of the institution representatives is “demeaning”.

Mrs. Panariti explained that “this is because when this story started, in 2010, they caught us a bit unprepared and since then they have not changed their attitude”. She further stressed that the European Commission officers are a “mess of bureaucrats” and that the ECB officers are bankers who only care about numbers.

Furthermore, she claimed that the primary surplus for 2014 is about 0.6%, which is far less than the 1.5% goal which had been set. She also condemned the fact that despite the reforms and initiatives, there are still instances of pensions being paid out far sooner than normal.