Tsipras says Athens wants EU treaties but needs help -update

Merkel says Germany hopes for 'economically strong' Greece

23 March, 19:38

    (ANSAmed) - Berlin, March 23 - Greek Premier Alexis Tsipras said Monday that Greece wants "to respect the treaties" it has made with the European Union (EU) but changes must be made to ensure social justice.

    He spoke at a news conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

    "Greece needs a policy mix to overcome the negative situation" created by harsh, painful conditions imposed in exchange for an earlier bailout, said Tsipras.

    Merkel said that Germany "wants Greece to be strong economically, to grow and to be out of high unemployment". Tsipras came to Berlin to outline for the German government Greece's reform plans aimed at unlocking about 240 billion euros for his struggling country.

    The latest tranche in payouts from the former troika - the EU, European Central Bank, and International Monetary Fund - has been stalled over demands for continued Greek reforms.


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