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Merkel urges German lawmakers to clear way for Greece bailout talks, says negligent not to

  • German Chancellor Angela Merkel arrives for a special meeting of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party faction on the eve of a special session of the parliament Bundestag about negotiations with Greece for a new bailout in Berlin, Germany, Thursday, July 16, 2015. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel arrives for a special meeting of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party faction on the eve of a special session of the parliament Bundestag about negotiations with Greece for a new bailout in Berlin, Germany, Thursday, July 16, 2015. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)  (The Associated Press)

  • German Chancellor Angela Merkel arrives for a special meeting of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party faction on the eve of a special session of the parliament Bundestag about negotiations with Greece for a new bailout in Berlin, Germany, Thursday, July 16, 2015..(AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel arrives for a special meeting of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party faction on the eve of a special session of the parliament Bundestag about negotiations with Greece for a new bailout in Berlin, Germany, Thursday, July 16, 2015..(AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)  (The Associated Press)

Chancellor Angela Merkel is asking German lawmakers to clear the way for negotiations on a new, third bailout package for Greece, arguing that it would be negligent not to try for a deal.

After a preliminary agreement on Monday, Germany's government has to get a parliamentary mandate for potentially difficult talks on details of the three-year bailout expected to be worth 85 billion euros ($93 billion).

Merkel told a special session of Parliament on Friday that lawmakers faced "a decision for a strong Europe and a strong eurozone."

Bailing out Greece isn't popular among Merkel's conservatives and the chancellor acknowledged concerns over the chances of a successful bailout.

But she said "we would be grossly negligent, even irresponsible, if we did not at least try this road."