Germany 'working to keep Greece in eurozone'

20 August, 16:03

(ANSAmed) - BERLIN, AUGUST 20 - German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle on Monday said that his government wanted Greece to remain a part of the eurozone and it was working toward that end. Westerwelle was speaking at a bilateral meeting with Greek Foreign Minister Dimitrios Avramopoulos a day after German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schauble spoke of a "plan B" in case Greece exits the eurozone. Monday marked the beginning of a crucial week for Athens.

Prime Minister Antonis Samaras meets with Jean-Claude Juncker, president of the Eurogroup, and German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Friday.

The Greek PM is expected to ask the German chancellor to grant an extra two years for his country's reforms. Ahead of the meeting with the Greek foreign minister Monday, Westerwelle reiterated that there will be no "softening" of agreements made with Athens.(ANSAmed).

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