EU Commission chief: Spain, Portugal not involved in 'diabolical' plot to oust Greek govt

Associated Press

The European Commission's leader says he does not believe Spain and Portugal have a "diabolical" plot to oust Greece's new far left government as they pressure Greece to comply with bailout terms they both had to endure.

EC President Jean-Claude Juncker made the comments Wednesday after a brief summit in Madrid with the leaders of France, Spain and Portugal to promote energy connections between the Iberian Peninsula and the rest of Europe.

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Spain and Portugal reacted angrily to Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipris' accusation last weekend that they had formed an "axis of forces" to overthrow his newly elected administration.

Spain's economy minister subsequently declared a third bailout was likely for financially strapped Greece. Portugal took a public finances bailout in 2011 and Spain got a bank bailout in 2012.