Tsipras attacks Spain and Portugal for ‘bailout blackmail’…

Worth noting in passing that the great white hope of the anti austerity lobby has started to attack two of countries closest to it in terms of debt distress:

According to Tsipras in a speech to the central committee of Syriza on Saturday, Greece came up against “an axis of powers led by Spain and Portugal” who tried to scupper the negotiations to “avoid internal political risks. Conservative forces (in Europe) tried to set a trap for us, to drive us into financial asphyxia,” the 40-year-old said.

He may well be gambling on helping to strengthen the hand of Spanish and Portuguese populists, but it reads a little like looking for someone else to blame for his own lack of progress on some pretty high self imposed goals.

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