Merkel downplays hopes for Greek deal at European summit

March 19, 2015 9:25 AM

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Merkel downplays hopes for Greek deal at European summit

BERLIN — German Chancellor Angela Merkel damped hopes of a breakthrough agreement on Greece between European leaders in meetings over the coming days, saying Greece’s only option for overcoming its “very difficult path ahead” is by sticking to agreements with international creditors.

“It is completely clear that no-one can expect a solution to Greece’s problems this evening in Brussels or on Monday evening — a solution can only be on the basis of what has been agreed by the Eurogroup,” Merkel told the German parliament, the Bundestag.

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