Germany's Schaeuble calls on Greece to 'clarify its position'

1st July 2015, Comments 0 comments

German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble said Wednesday crisis-hit Greece was sending mixed signals in debt talks and called on its government to "clarify its position" before negotiations with creditors can resume.

Schaeuble pointed to conflicting reports on whether Athens still plans a referendum Sunday on bailout terms and whether it would support a yes or no vote, noting that "all of this is no basis for discussions on serious measures."

"That's why first of all Greece must clarify its position on what it wants, and then we will have to talk about it, under conditions that are now far more difficult," Schaeuble told a Berlin press conference.

Schaeuble pointed out that the proposal "to be rejected or accepted doesn't exist anymore and never existed" -- because the European offer in question was rejected by Athens last week and the aid programme formally expired on Tuesday night.

Since the programme ended at the stroke of midnight, "the legal and actual facts" had entirely changed, he said.

"We are ready for any eventuality, but we are in a really difficult situation," he said, blaming "entirely the behaviour of the Greek leaders, which is no longer comprehensible to anyone".

© 2015 AFP

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