No quick fix for Greece in Brussels: Merkel

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THE LOCAL, German News
Published: 19 Mar 2015

As European leaders gather in Brussels for two days of talks, Chancellor Angela Merkel told the Bundestag (German parliament) that she doesn’t expect a breakthrough at the summit meeting.

“There is a lot of distance still to cover” for Athens, Merkel told MPs on Thursday morning, saying that Greece must make “a show of strength” in the coming months.

She added that she did not hold out hope for a sudden improvementfollowing her meeting with Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras next Monday either.

She insisted that Germany was ready to find a way forward in co-operation with Greece despite their different views.

“I am looking forward to his visit. We wil have time to talk extensively with each other, perhaps even to have a discussion,” she joked.

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