Eurogroup ‘extremely willing’ on Greek solution: Dijsselbloem

Greek Left Review
10 February 2015, 17:57 CET

(THE HAGUE) – Eurogroup chairman Jeroen Dijsselbloem on Tuesday extended an olive branch to Athens a day ahead of a crucial meeting to discuss the stand-off over Greece’s bailout, saying he was «extremely willing» to work for a solution.

Dijsselbloem, who is also the Dutch finance minister, also called on Greece to become financially independent «as soon as possible», as an emergency meeting loomed in Brussels on Wednesday.

«I am extremely willing, from inside the Eurogroup to work with Greece,» to find a solution, Dijsselbloem told Dutch television news channel RTL Z in a weekly discussion.

«The real work starts on Wednesday when the Eurogroup meets,» he stressed.

Wednesday’s meeting will be the first chance for Greek Finance Minister Yaris Varoufakis to set out to sceptical colleagues the radical new government’s demands for a reduction in Greece’s debt and an end to austerity.


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