Merkel: Greece must pursue reforms

Merkel: Greece must pursue reforms

The leaders of Germany and France have stressed that it is up to Greece to keep pursuing painful reforms as it strives to keep its place in the euro.

German chancellor Angela Merkel and French president Francois Hollande were meeting today before both hold talks over the next two days with Greece’s new prime minister, Antonis Samaras.

Mrs Merkel said it is important for everyone to keep to the commitments they have made and she will “encourage” Greece to pursue reforms.

Mr Hollande stressed that he wants Greece to remain in the 17-nation euro and it is up to Athens to make the “indispensable efforts” to ensure that.

In brief statements before their sensitive meeting, neither leader mentioned Greece’s hopes of winning more time to carry out reforms and spending cuts.

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