EU says no final Greece deal expected at Juncker-Tsipras talks
Talks between Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and European Commission head Jean- Claude Juncker later Wednesday are not expected to produce a final deal on Greece’s bailout, Juncker’s spokesman said.
“We do not expect any final outcome tonight, this is a first discussion not a concluding one,” spokes- man Margaritis Schinas told a news briefing, saying that the meeting at 1830 GMT was a “personal invitation”.
“This is the moment for the negotiations to concentrate on the essential. The essential is the remaining few issues where there are still differences,” added Schinas.
He declined to confirm that Eurogroup chief and Dutch foreign minister Jeroen Dijsselbloem would attend too, amid reports that Tsipras did not want the hardliner at the talks.
Juncker said earlier that his meeting with Tsipras still had some hurdles to overcome.
“I still have some problems to sort out in connection with what we call the Greek case, which will require me to hold various meetings today, including one with the Greek prime minister,” Juncker said.
Greece and its creditors — the EU, International Monetary Fund and European Central Bank — are expected Wednesday to exchange their rival reform plans in a bid to reach a deal that would finally unlock 7.2 billion euros (US$8 billion) in vitally needed bailout funds for Athens after a four-month stand-off.