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    Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras looks on during a meeting with Mayor of Piraeus Yannis Moralis (not pictured) at his office at the Maximos Mansion in Athens, Greece, February 11, 2016.

    Tsipras Urges Merkel to Prevent German Finance Minister From Anti-Greek Rhetoric

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    Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has called on German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Saturday to prevent German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schauble from attacking Greece over its implementation of the bailout program's requirements.

    ATHENS (Sputnik) — In 2016, Schauble repeatedly criticized Greece for not implementing the austerity measures agreed within the framework of EU bailout packages, the largest contributor of which is Germany. In December, as the ruling coalition was preparing for the upcoming in September 2017 election campaign in Germany, Schauble said that Greece would have to leave the Eurozone, if the reforms were not implemented.

    "I call on Chancellor Angela Merkel to prevent the finance minister from ongoing attacks on Greece and slander. The election campaign in one country should not affect the situation in another country," Tsipras said during Syriza party meeting.

    Last summer, the international creditors signed an agreement with Athens, approving a third bailout package since 2010 in exchange for further economic reforms, including pension cuts, tax hikes and privatizations. In line with the agreement, Greece will receive the financial aid, if the second evaluation of reforms is positive.

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