Greece's decision to prepare an action plan and "tighten belts" is a step forward, says MEP Gabrielius Landsbergis, Chairman of the conservative Homeland Union - Lithuanian Christian Democrats (TS-LKD).
Gabrielius Landsbergis
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"Most of Europe was desperately waiting for the plan because a number of other things depend on it - it is like a card house. If the plan had not emerged last night, then certain events that are beyond our prediction would have begun," Landsbergis told the radio Žinių Radijas.

According to the politician, the biggest remaining problem is that the Greek government has lost trust with much of Europe and the European Parliament. They question if Greece's Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras can deliver what he promised.

Commenting on the Greek referendum, Landsbergis said that Tsipras wanted to ask the Greek people whether to undertake reforms, thus strengthening his mandate.

"It was a populist move. Tsipras and his party were elected to power after promising to overcome the crisis in Greece. Clearly, the mandate had already been granted. Nonetheless, people were referred to again, play for time continued and, of course, mistrust in the Troika, the European lenders, grew," the MEP said.

Landsbergis added that discussions about Greece's ability to undertake the necessary steps brings a bad feeling because a number of countries, including Lithuania, tackled the crisis in 2008-2012, even though unpopular and hard decisions had to be made.

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