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Former EC chief Barroso blames SYRIZA for “unrealistic promises”

Former European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso told the BBC that the Radical Left Coalition (SYRIZA) Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras made “completely unrealistic promises” to voters that it cannot now fulfil.

The high-ranking EU officla who left his post in October says that Greek demands were “completely unacceptable to other countries.”

He blames Greece of attacking countries trying to help it. He added that poorer countries are lending money to Greece! He pointed out that Greece alone is to blame for its problems of low productivity and previous governments.

On a bright note, Barroso said that nations such as Ireland, Portugal and Spain had come back from financial brink and Greece could do the same. “There is nothing regarding Greece that prevents it being successful, but… bad politics have created a lot of problems for Greece,” he told the BBC.

Though Barroso believes that a Grexit would be negative he believed that – at this point – it would be less damaging than it once would have been.