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New Greek leader starts talks with EU debt supervisor on how to handle its debt burden

  • European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, right, walks hand in hand with Greece's Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras upon his arrival at the European Commission headquarters in Brussels Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015. Tsiparis is on a one day trip to Brussels to meet with EU leaders. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert)

    European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, right, walks hand in hand with Greece's Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras upon his arrival at the European Commission headquarters in Brussels Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015. Tsiparis is on a one day trip to Brussels to meet with EU leaders. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert)  (The Associated Press)

  • European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, right, walks hand in hand with Greece's Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras upon his arrival at the European Commission headquarters in Brussels Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015. Tsiparis is on a one day trip to Brussels to meet with EU leaders. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert)

    European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, right, walks hand in hand with Greece's Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras upon his arrival at the European Commission headquarters in Brussels Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015. Tsiparis is on a one day trip to Brussels to meet with EU leaders. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert)  (The Associated Press)

  • Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis arrives at the European Central Bank in Frankfurt, Germany Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015. (AP Photo/Michael Probst)

    Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis arrives at the European Central Bank in Frankfurt, Germany Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015. (AP Photo/Michael Probst)  (The Associated Press)

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has begun talks with one of his country's main creditors, as the EU awaits a clear signal from the new government on how it plans to pay off its massive debt burden.

Tsipras was welcomed Wednesday at the European Commission, one of the three main institutions supervising Greece's finances, by President Jean-Claude Juncker.

The two grabbed each other's hands and swung them merrily as they walked to their meeting without talking to reporters.

On the eve of their talks in Brussels, Juncker underlined that the EU would show flexibility helping Greece to deal with hundreds of billions of euros in foreign debts, but ruled out wholesale policy changes.

Tspiras is due later to hold talks with European Council President Donald Tusk, before heading to France.