Greek Prime Minister calls for more debt relief, no austerity

Alexis Tsipras believes this will ensure "a push forward not backwards"...

Greek Prime Minister calls for more debt relief, no austerity

Domenico Stinellis / AP

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has said hs country's improved fiscal performance should mean an end to austerity.

Instead, he called for debt relief to help accelerate Greece's recovery.

Tsipras told Euronews:

"Greece, which has a primary surplus of 0.7%, does not need extra measures. What Greece needs is an essential debt relief".

"Greece, in this last turn, needs a push forward not backwards. Those who have made huge mistakes, wrong choices and projections, should not be allowed to repeat their mistakes".

His comments came on the day when the European Commission announced that Greece had easily beaten its target of a 0.25% deficit in GDP for 2015.

The projected progress Athens will make has been a key factor in bailout talks that have now lasted months.

The European Union believes a 3.5% primary surplus by 2018 is realistic, with the International Monetary Fund in disagreement.

The IMF is pushing for debt relief as well as additional measures.