MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Athens has been pressured into cutting pensions and lowering the minimum tax-free income in order to meet its budget commitments to the International Monetary Fund (IMF), demands Flabouraris said were "irrational."
"At a time, however, when Europe is gripped with such obsessions [over austerity], nothing can be ruled out," he replied to Real News when asked about outlooks for a referendum, as quoted by The Times newspaper.
Greece has hiked taxes as part of a bailout deal agreed in July 2015. It accepted highly unpopular austerity demands in exchange for $96 billion in aid. The pact comes after 61.3 percent of Greek voters rejected the creditors' proposals.