BERLIN (ANA/ N. Papadimitriou) The Greek economy and its recent positive performance was at the focus of talks between Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin on Friday, government sources reported. Tsipras had noted the need to promptly conclude the second review and implement the short-term measures to relieve Greece’s debt, as well as Greece’s inclusion in the ECB quantitative easing program, they said.
The role of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) was also prominent in the discussion, the sources added, with the Greek premier expressing concerns regarding the IMF’s stance in the negotiations and its possible desire to withdraw from the Greek program.
Tsipras relayed Athens’ concern that the IMF’s delay in deciding about its participation in the Greek program could prevent a prompt conclusion of the review, given the upcoming political changes in the United States, the sources said.
The two leader also discussed the crucial turning point in EU-Turkish relations, as well as the significance of the Cyprus issue and the refugee crisis in this framework.
Analyzing Greece’s great efforts to cope with the refugee crisis, Tsipras said it was crucial to preserve the EU-Turkey agreement and said that the other EU member-states must also assume their share of the burden, both through relocation and the supply of staff in the short-term and in the long-term.
Tsipras also informed the chancellor about Greece’s positions on the Cyprus issue and the significance of bilateral, Greek-Turkish talks in order to ensure a successful outcome of the multilateral meeting on the Cyprus issue. He noted that the EU must have an active role in the multilateral meeting, the sources said.