While Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras will meet German Chancellor Angela Merkel seeking support for Greece’s dealing with international lenders, a sign has already been sent from Berlin he’s not going to get it.
Michael Fuchs, the outspoken Deputy Parliamentary floor leader of Merkel’s conservatives, said he’s not won over by Tsipras’ pleas or prospects of a swift deal on Greece.
In an interview with Bloomberg television ahead of a possible European Union meeting in Brussels June 10, Fuchs said the latest proposal by Tsipras’ Radical Left SYRIZA-led coalition was “non-negotiable.”
“It is far from the bailout extension we agreed in February and what we agreed with [former conservative prime minister Antonis] Samaras,” he said.
Still, Fuchs said, it was Germany’s “wish and will” to keep Greece in the Eurozone amid fears a default could push it out and rattle the whole 19-country financial bloc.
“But they need to come up with serious proposals; and what they have come up with so far is not serious at all,” he added.
Greek officials complained that there was no response yet to its latest proposals, after a series of previous outlines had been rejected as insufficient.