People walk on Omonia Square where a board reads "Welcome to Greece !!!" in Athens on April 26, 2015. AFP PHOTO / Angelos Tzortzinis
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The game of chicken between Greece and its international creditors is turning into a vicious blame game as Athens lurches closer to bankruptcy with no cash-for-reform agreement in sight.Europe's political leaders and central bankers and Greek politicians agree on only one thing: If Greece goes down, none of them want their fingerprints on the murder weapon.Tsipras revived demands for reparations for the Nazi German occupation of Greece in 1941-44, which his government put at 279 billion euros ($303.5 billion) – more than its 240 billion euro bailout from the eurozone and the International Monetary Fund.Unlike Draghi, she did not say who should do everything to stop Greece going bust.In Varoufakis' narrative, eurozone countries did not lend all that money to save Greece in the first place but to protect their own banks, which had imprudently lent Athens billions.That prompted an indignant response from ECB President Mario Draghi, who told the European Parliament the central bank's support for Greece amounted to some 110 billion euros, but it was barred by treaty from monetary funding of governments.If it considers support for Greek banks is no longer tenable, it will seek a political decision by European Union governments.
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