ATHENS (Reuters) - Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said on Tuesday the country had good reason to expect better days ahead after formally exiting its last financial bailout, putting an epilogue to a dramatic nine-year debt crisis.
“Today a new day is dawning in our country, a historic day.
The bailouts of recession, austerrity, recession and social desertification are finally over,” Tsipras said in a televised address to the nation from the island of Ithaca.
“Our country regains its right to shape its own future,” he said from a hill overlooking a bay in the island where Odysseus returned after a 10-year voyage recounted by classical poet Homer.
Reporting by Michele Kambas, George Georgiopoulos