Greece's creditors failed on Saturday to persuade the leader of the main conservative party to drop his refusal to sign a pledge that he will back austerity measures under a bailout deal aimed at saving the country from financial ruin.
Antonis Samaras, leader of New Democracy, one of three parties in a new national unity coalition struggling to avert a disastrous default, says there is no need to provide a written guarantee because his word can be trusted.
But international lenders, weary of Greece's failure to deliver on fiscal targets during two years of financial crisis, insist on the written statement, fearing its politicians may otherwise try to wriggle out of their commitments, especially with an election likely in February.
Representatives of the European Commission, the European Central Bank and the International Monetary Fund -- the "troika" which monitors Greek compliance with its rescue deals -- discussed the issue with Samaras in Athens on Saturday.
THIS IS BASICALLY WHAT THE NON-ELECTED PINKO EUSSR 'TROIKA" TOLD THE GREEKS: "YOUR ECONOMY WOULD BE A TERRIBLE THING TO LOSE."
GREEKS HAVE TO REALIZE THAT THEY HAVE ALREADY LOST THEIR ECONOMY.
THEY SHOULD NOT ALSO SURRENDER THEIR LIBERTY.
THE GREEKS NEED TO WITHDRAW FROM THE EU AND THE EURO IF THEY WANT TO BE FREE.
THEY NEED THE DRACHMA, A GREEK CENTRAL BANK - AND ELECTIONS, NOT ORDERS FROM UN-ELECTED EUSSR APPARATCHIKS IN BRUSSELS.