German Chancellor Angela Merkel stressed on Friday that she wants Greece to remain in the euro, but made no mention of any concessions Europe was prepared to offer over its austerity targets.
by Telegraph staff and agencies
“I want to say very clearly [...] that Greece is part of the eurozone and I want Greece to remain part of the eurozone. This guides all our discussions,” the German Chancellor said at a joint news conference with Greek prime minister Antonis Samaras.
“I am deeply convinced that the new Greek government, under the leadership of Prime Minister Samaras, is doing everything to solve the problems that Greece is facing.
“We know that this requires great sacrifices [...] and Germany has always said that it will support Greece in this,” added the chancellor.
Mrs Merkel admitted that impatience had grown among the German public over Greece’s persistant failure to meet its targets, and that Europe would need to work on bridging the gap in perceptions between the two countries.