Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has accused the International Monetary Fund of not playing a constructive role in Greece's bailout. As Sonia legg reports, he's accused the Washington-based global lender of making unrealistic demands both on Greece and on its euro zone partners.
It's been a difficult few weeks for Greece - passing reforms many don't want. And the International Monetary Fund hasn't been very constructive - says Greece's Prime Minister. (SOUNDBITE) (Greek) GREEK PRIME MINISTER, ALEXIS TSIPRAS, SAYING: (PARTLY COVERED BY SHOTS OF JOURNALISTS) "The representatives of the Fund come to Greece and demand extremely tough reforms knowing that neither the political system nor the society can take them, and they go to the lenders demanding solutions and proposals on debt sustainability which they know cannot be accepted by our peers." And there was more..... (SOUNDBITE) (Greek) GREEK PRIME MINISTER, ALEXIS TSIPRAS, SAYING: (PARTLY COVERED BY SHOTS OF JOURNALISTS) "When two contributing members are in a process of negotiation they must seek a compromise. The Fund must decide if it wants to compromise, if it will stay in the programme." Under bailout terms Greece still needs to approve pension and labour reforms, and cut benefits. In Brussels, the Finance Minister was optimistic. (SOUNDBITE) (English) GREEK FINANCE MINISTER, EUCLID TSAKALOTOS, SAYING: "Increasingly less time is taken on the Greek issue, and I think that's a good sign. We discussed the progress of the milestones and what we have to do before Christmas." But some still think Greece and its lenders have simply delayed the inevitable. Jeremy Batstone-Carr from Charles Stanley (SOUNDBITE) (English) CHARLES STANLEY, DIRECTOR OF PRIVATE CLIENT RESEARCH, JEREMY BATSTONE-CARR, SAYING: "I don't envisage a Grexit over 2016 but I do think that the possibility remains that Greece will eventually be forced out of the euro zone or leave of its own volition perhaps within the next two to three years." Tsipras knows Germany wants the IMF to stay in the programme. But he's been buttering up Europe just in case, saying they had the expertise to go it alone.