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Greece confronts EU leaders with bailout plan

Greece prime minister Alexis Tsipras talked up hopes of a deal on his country's rapidly expiring bailout today as he confronted EU leaders including German Chancellor Angela Merkel at his first Brussels summit.

Greece's new anti-austerity government failed to secure an agreement to renegotiate the terms of the bailout programme in marathon talks between eurozone finance ministers Wednesday night, meaning the issue will go to the wire next Monday.

“I am very confident all together we can find a mutually viable solution, in order to heal the wounds of austerity and to tackle the humanitarian crisis across the European Union,” Tsipras, wearing a silk scarf and heavy coat, told journalists as he arrived for the talks. But he warned too that it was a ‘crucial turning point for Europe.’ The start of the summit was delayed by three hours  as Merkel and Francois Hollande joined after the Ukraine peace talks.
AFP

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