"German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande gave Greece until the end of May to reach a deal on its aid program, urging faster talks to end the standoff over the country’s financing."
Merkel and Hollande, standing side-by-side after meeting in Berlin on Tuesday, said they would impress the message on Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras when they all attend a European Union meeting in Riga, Latvia, this week.
“We do expect that decisive progress now be made in the relevant forums, particularly in the so-called Brussels Group” comprising official creditors and Greek representatives, Merkel said at a joint news conference.
Hollande said that “it’s in everyone’s interest that Greece stays in the euro zone, so it’s in everyone’s interest to have a lasting accord.”
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