UPDATE 1-Germany ready to help Greece soon if it saves more
* Merkel says will help if Greece agrees tougher savings
* Says agreement for aid could come in matter of days
* Says Germany feels obligation towards euro's stability
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BERLIN, April 26 (Reuters) - Germany is ready to take a decision on granting aid to Greece in matter of days, once the International Monetary Fund and European officials have completed talks with Athens, Chancellor Angela Merkel said.
Speaking to reporters in Berlin on Monday, Merkel also said Greece must commit to further savings measures and show it can return to a sustainable economic path before Germany can approve emergency aid.
Greece is in talks with the European Union and IMF on additional steps to get the aid flowing before May 19, when Athens has to refinance an 8.5 billion euros bond.
"We need a positive development in Greece together with further savings measures," she said. "Germany will help if the appropriate conditions are met. That will take a few more days."
"Germany feels an enormous obligation towards the stability of the euro," she added.
Opposition to aid for Greece runs deep in Germany and Merkel, who faces a crucial regional election on May 9, has been at pains to stress that aid will only flow if Athens takes further steps to cut a budget deficit which soared to 13.6 percent of gross domestic product (GDP) last year.
"If Greece is ready to accept tough measures, not just in one year but over several years, then we have a good chance to secure the stability of the euro for us all," Merkel said.
"What's needed now is a quick response for the benefit of the euro as a whole ... We don't need any uncertainty. We need certainty on the basis of clear guidelines and responsibilities for Greece but also on the basis of our own German interests -- to have a stable euro.
"That's what we have to push forward, that's what I'm working for. And we'll be going this way in the days ahead -- and I repeat, it's a question of days -- very prudently and with great determination."
Earlier on Monday, Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble said Germany could push a law on Greek aid through parliament on May 7, allowing it to offer its debt-laden euro zone partner financial support before a May 19 debt deadline. [ID:nLDE63P1I6]
(Reporting by Paul Carrel and Noah Barkin; writing by Erik Kirschbaum; editing by Tony Austin)
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