Hopeful Start to Greek Debt Negotiations Quickly Soured


Prime Minister Alexis Tsirpas of Greece discussing on a live TV broadcast his plans for a referendum on the latest set of austerity measures proposed by the country’s creditors. CreditGreek Prime Minister’s Office, via Getty Images

ATHENS — Last Friday morning, the Greek prime minister, Alexis Tsipras, gathered his closest advisers in a Brussels hotel room for a meeting that was meant to be secret. All the participants had to leave their phones outside the door to prevent leaks.

A week of tense negotiations between Greece and its creditors was coming to an end. And it was becoming increasingly clear to the left-leaning prime minister that he could not accept the tough economic terms that his lenders were demanding in exchange for new loans…

Hopeful Start to Greek Debt Negotiations Quickly Soured

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