EU President Jean-Claude Juncker accused Greek PM Alexis Tsipras of distorting proposals by creditors and urged him to put forward alternative proposals. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.
On Friday, Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras comes before parliament saying his government cannot accept an "absurd" proposal from the country's lenders. Now comes the rebuke. In unusually sharp terms, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker accuses Tsipras of distorting proposals by international creditors and of dragging his feet in putting forward alternative proposals. (SOUNDBITE) (English) EUROPEAN COMMISSION PRESIDENT, JEAN-CLAUDE JUNCKER, SAYING: "I'm waiting for an alternative proposal of our Greek counterparts. I don't have a personal problem with Alexis Tsipras - on the contrary, he was my friend, he is my friend - but friendship, in order to maintain it, has to observe some minimum rules." With time running out for a deal and Greece struggling to meet its payment obligations, relations between Athens and its European and IMF lenders have turned increasingly raw. The unresolved debt impasse will hang over the Group of Seven leaders' summit, with debt negotiations expected to resume on the sidelines of an EU-Latin America summit in Brussels starting on Wednesday.