Juncker accuses Greece of ‘misleading’ voters on bailout talks

European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker has accused the Greek government of misleading its voters over bailout proposals as Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras claimed creditors were trying to humiliate Greece.

The BBC reports Juncker said the situation would be made easier if Greece’s government was to accurately represent the terms of proposals as this could undermine negotiations over new terms for a bailout.

Juncker said: “The debate in Greece and outside Greece would be easier if the Greek government would tell exactly what the Commission… are really proposing.”

Tsipras has said lenders want to raise VAT on electricity, sales tax on medicines and cut pension costs.

Junker said: “I am blaming the Greeks [for saying] things to the Greek public which are not consistent with what I’ve told the Greek prime minister. I’m not in favour… of increasing VAT on medicaments and electricity. This would be a major mistake.”

Greece needs to reach a deal with its creditors before the end of June or it could face defaulting on payments of €1.6bn (£1.1bn) to the International Monetary Fund.

On Tuesday French President François Hollande has also urged the Greek government to quickly return to the negotiating table with its creditors, after talks on Sunday with EU officials in Brussels failed to reach an agreement on a future bailout.

Eurozone finance ministers are expected to meet again on Thursday.