The European Commission chief, Jean-Claude Juncker, has said he feels “betrayed” by the “egotism” shown by Greece in failed debt talks.

He told a news conference that Greek proposals were “delayed” or “deliberately altered” and the Greek people “should be told the truth”, but the door was still open to talks.

Greece has called a surprise referendum and Greek banks are closed for a week.

European stock markets saw big falls on Monday after the weekend’s events.

The negotiations were not “a game of liar’s poker”, Mr Juncker said. “Either all win or all lose”.

He said the talks were broken “unilaterally” by the announcement from the Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras that he was calling a referendum for 5 July.

The Greek government responded to Mr Juncker’s comments by saying: “An essential element in indicating good faith and reliability in negotiations is sincerity.”

Mr Juncker said that he still believed a Greek exit from the euro was not an option and insisted that the creditors’ latest proposal meant more social fairness.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel echoed those comments on Monday, saying Greece had received a “generous offer” but adding she would not be opposed to further talks with Greece after Sunday’s vote.

 

Referendum question

The question which will be put to voters on Sunday will not be as simple as whether they want to stay in the euro or not – instead it asks Greeks to approve or reject the specific terms laid out by Greece’s creditors:

“Should the agreement plan submitted by the European Commission, European Central Bank and the International Monetary Fund to the June 25 eurogroup and consisting of two parts, which form their single proposal, be accepted? The first document is titled “Reforms for the completion of the Current Program and Beyond” and the second “Preliminary Debt sustainability Analysis.”

 

Analysis by the BBC’s Chris Morris

It’s hard to remember the last time a president of the European Commission used such blunt, undiplomatic and sometimes angry language about the government of a member state.

Jean-Claude Juncker said he felt betrayed, and suggested that Alexis Tsipras was lying to his people about cuts in wages and pensions.

There was no hint of a last minute deal before Greece’s current bailout programme expires Tuesday evening.

Instead Mr Juncker appealed directly to the Greek people ahead of the proposed referendum this weekend.

And the message was clear – vote “yes” to our proposals and we’ll support you. Vote “no” and you’ll probably get kicked out of the euro.

Mr Juncker also said any criticism aimed at him or other senior politicians in the creditor institutions was unjustified.

It was an emotional appeal from the heart.

But it also felt like a pre-emptive effort to make his side of the story public in case this all goes very wrong.

Read more at: Greece debt talks: EU chief feels ‘betrayed’ – BBC News.

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