Tsipras Signals Possible Greek Referendum on Credit Deal


Tourists visiting Parliament in Athens. Greece must make a debt repayment of about $826 million to the International Monetary Fund. CreditAlkis Konstantinidis/Reuters

ATHENS — Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras of Greece said on Tuesday that he might resort to calling a public referendum on any deal with the country’s international creditors if the package seems to go beyond the political mandate that brought his leftist government into power.

The statement came a day after Mr. Tsipras overhauled his negotiating team in an effort to accelerate debt talks and unlock crucial rescue funding. The shake-up sidelined the finance minister, Yanis Varoufakis, who has frustrated eurozone officials with his abrasive style and perceived foot-dragging, installing a more mild-mannered Foreign Ministry official, Euclid Tsakalotos, to handle day-to-day discussions.

Greece’s international creditors might not welcome the prospect of a referendum on a deal with the Greek government…

Tsipras Signals Possible Greek Referendum on Credit Deal

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