The leftist Greek premier met the conservative German leader before an emergency European Union summit on migration, a day before eurozone finance ministers meet in Riga to review progress — or the lack of it — in slow-moving negotiations between Athens and its international lenders. A Greek official said they noted that “significant progress” had been made since they last met in Berlin a month ago.
“The prime minister asked that the procedures be speeded up so that the ... decision, which foresees a first interim agreement by the end of April, be implemented,” he said.
There was no immediate comment from the German side but Berlin has taken a tough line in insisting that Athens must carry out commitments made by a previous conservative-led government to reform labour markets, pensions and sales tax to unlock urgently needed international bailout funds. EU officials said Merkel would deliver a message that she wants to keep Greece in the single currency.