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Tsipras' meeting with Merkel, Hollande held in a constructive climate

The meeting between Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande on Thursday was held in a constructive climate, according to sources. The three leaders agreed on the significant progress achieved and focused on the open issues. According to the same sources, the Greek prime minister spoke of the country's perspective to exit the crisis if a long term deal is reached. On their part, Merkel and Hollande noted that they understand the need of such a deal and expressed their willingness to help, even at a personal level, so that an agreement is soon reached.


Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis welcomed on Thursday a statement issued by the Eurogroup President’s spokesman on the confidential character of talks during ministerial EU meetings, the finance ministry said.


The leader of main opposition New Democracy (ND) Antonis Samaras said on Thursday an agreement has to be sealed to ensure Greece’s funding and economic recovery, following a meeting of the European People’s Party (EPP) in Riga, Latvia.


The discussions at the Eurogroup are confidential and participants are expected to respect this confidentiality, a spokesman for Eurogroup President Jeroen Dijsselbloem said here on Thursday.


A total of 11 Greek regions ranked below 75 pct of the EU-28 average per capita rate in 2013, Eurostat said on Thursday. The EU executive’s statistics agency, in a report released here, said that the country’s average per capital Gross Domestic Product (in purchasing power terms) was at 73 pct of the EU average.


Opposition party To Potami on Thursday called on Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras to brief parties on the ongoing negotiations between Greece and its lenders after he returns from the EU summit meeting in Riga.


Excavations alongside roadworks for the construction of a new road from Kalloni to Sigrio have yielded new traces of fossilised tree trunks and the remains of an antediluvian forest on the Aegean island of Lesvos.

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