ATHENS must stick with austerity, the head of the eurozone finance ministers’ group warned yesterday.
Eurogroup president Jeroen Dijsselbloem promised to work with the winner of Greece’s coming election, but insisted the currency bloc would offer more help if the new government kept its hatchet sharpened.
“If Greeks stick to their side of the deal … we are prepared to do more,” he said, claiming “a lot” had already been done to rescue the country.
Speculators fear that Greece could drop out of the euro if anti-austerity party Syriza wins the January 25 election.
Party leader Alexis Tsipras insisted Greece would stay in, but left open the possibility of defaulting on its debts.
Mr Dijsselbloem urged Greek voters to accept “financial reality” and said the current bailout must run its course until its end in March.
Polls showed yesterday that Syriza held a growing lead of three percentage points over New Democracy, up from 2.7 points earlier this month.