"We cannot demand from Greece additional efforts, or impede with the country taking certain sovereign decisions that pay respect to agreements made in Brussels for the future of Greece," Hollande told journalists before the EU summit.
Prime Minister Tsipras announced on Sunday that ahead of Christmas the government would spend €617 million ($643 million) on almost 1,6 million retired citizens that get pensions of less than €850 ($886) a month. The money is provided from the additional funds that the government managed to collect beyond its obligations. On December 14, the Greek minister of finance explained that the spending does not violate agreement made with European lenders.
In October, eurozone finance ministers unlocked a $1.2-billion installment of the bailout after the completion of the first review of Greek reforms. Another $3 billion were unlocked in late October.