With talks lagging over reforms, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker refused to take a phone call from Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras on June 5.
The two had been pictured earlier this spring cordially holding hands after a Brussels news conference but the relationship seems to be souring as Tsipras refuses to administer more austerity measures on demand of international lenders, including the European Union.
An unnamed EU official said Juncker was miffed that Tsipras has failed to send in a promised list of reforms while the Greek Premier keeps sniping at the lenders and blaming them for everything that’s gone wrong.
“The Greek prime minister requested a phone call for 1100 CET on Saturday, but Juncker declined because there has been no progress in the discussions and proposals that the Greek side promised on Wednesday night to deliver on Thursday have not arrived,” the official said, according to Reuters.
“There have been no new developments so there was nothing to discuss,” the official said. Tsipras was also due to return to Brussels for further discussions in person on June 5, but didn’t.
Instead he spurned “absurd” terms of proposed aid from the troika of the European Union-International Monetary Fund-European Central Bank (EU-IMF-ECB) while he addressed the Greek Parliament and the country missed a 300 million euro ($333.45 million) IMF payment.
Hoping to gain more support domestically for his intransigence to the lenders, Tsipiras said that despite his refusal to accept troika terms that a deal was “closer than evidence,” contradicting EU officials who said no agreement is in sight and the two sides are far apart.
“We know that it is in part theater, but we don’t have to play a part in every scene of the drama,” the EU official said showing the growing level of exasperation with Tsipras and Greece.