BERLIN – 9:35 a.m. (0735 GMT, 3:35 a.m. EDT)
German Chancellor Angela Merkel is pressing Greece to deliver on commitments to carry out reforms, stressing before a meeting of eurozone finance ministers that she wants the country to remain in the common currency.
Merkel said in a speech to the German Parliament Thursday that Greece's government in February "committed itself to comprehensive structural reforms. These must now be tackled with determination."
Merkel stressed that "Germany's efforts are directed to Greece remaining in the eurozone." She reiterated that "where there's a will, there's a way — if the political leaders in Greece show this will, an agreement with the three institutions is still possible." That was a reference to Greece's international creditors.
Greece needs to unlock loans from its creditors before June 30, when its bailout program expires.