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Dijsselbloem cautions on hopes for a quick deal with Greece
February 12, 2015 / 10:01 PM / 3 years ago

Dijsselbloem cautions on hopes for a quick deal with Greece

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Reaching a deal on Greece’s emergency financing will be possible at the technical level, but a political agreement with the country’s new leftist-led government will be “very difficult” the chairman of euro zone finance ministers said on Thursday.

Eurogroup President Jeroen Dijsselbloem (L) greets Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis (R) during an extraordinary euro zone Finance Ministers meeting to discuss Athens' plans to reverse austerity measures agreed as part of its bailout, in Brussels February 11, 2015. REUTERS/Yves Herman

“I am optimistic that we will have an outcome on the technical process because I think that is a matter of simply comparing different measures and content of the programme (and Syriza’s programme),” Jeroen Dijsselbloem told reporters as he left an EU leaders summit.

“I am very cautious on the political side. It is going to be very difficult. It is going to take time. Don’t get your hopes up yet,” he said.  

Reporting by Robin Emmott; editing by Adrian Croft

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