Merkel and Hollande Push for End-May deal in Greek Talks

Merkel and Hollande Push for End-May deal in Greek Talks

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande on Tuesday asked for faster progress in the negotiations between Greece and the institutions (European Commission, European Central Bank and International Monetary Fund) after their meeting in Berlin.
Merkel and Hollande both referred to their upcoming meeting with Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras in Riga, Latvia and stressed that time was of the essence.
“I’d say the talks need to speed up, rather than that they are going too fast, and we hope the relevant forum - the Brussels Group - can make clear progress because the agreement in February was that a programme should be set up by the end of May,” Merkel said.
She stressed that this was necessary as the extension of the current programme ended at the end of June and "we are all interested in a completion by the end of May. When we talk to him we will certainly raise this."
"We all have the same stance, which is that Greece must stay in the eurozone," Hollande said but stressed that a longterm solution was needed that would end the current state of insecurity.
Hollande also agreed on the need to speed up the talks and stressed that the end-May deadline was fast approaching.
 
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