Eurozone finance ministers have failed to break the long-running deadlock between Greece and its creditors
Summary: No deal, but talks continueDonald Tusk is optimistic
Greeks fear impact of tax risesPhotos: Finance ministers meet againCreditors Greek proposal has leaked
Back in Brussels, our Europe editor Ian Traynor reports that the Greek PM got a harsh reception when he asked fellow leaders for support in the ongoing debt talks:
#euco @atsipras try to discuss went badly.merkel+several others shut him up.holland’s rutte said if eurozone summit,only on plan B, not deal
#euco cameron had to wait till almost midnight for his spiel. it was short. sounds perfunctory
Apparently EU summit dinner has now returned to argument about Med migrants after brief palate cleanser from Cameron on UK negotiation #euco
Greece makes the front pages again:
Another sign of optimism:
Alexis Papachelas, probably Greece’s best informed political analyst, has told SKAI News that he thinks “an agreement is very close, very near.”
“We are beginning to see that differences are bridgeable, that an agreement will be reached.”
A spot of optimism:
#Greece aid deal on Saturday is ‘quite possible’, Greek Official says acc to BBG.
Over in Athens, Greeks who are far to the left of the ruling Syriza party, have pledged to step up protests against the government over concessions it appears willing to make to cut a deal.
Some of the thousands who marched through the streets of Athens tonight belong to the ultra radical anti-capitalist Antarsia group, a collection of far far left groups that make Syriza look centrist. Holding banners demanding that Greece leaves the European Union and writes off its monument debt, protestors gathered at Athens university campus before marching on parliament.
“If it is not passed and the country goes bust, we will also stage protests and strikes to ensure that capitalists don’t start closing enterprises and laying off people. There is going to be unrest.”
More on that Tsipras-Tusk clash:
Greek gov source: @eucopresident told @tsipras_eu ‘game over’ + Tsipras said not to underestimate the point nation can reach when humiliated
Some intriguing reports coming out of Brussels, where leaders have discussed Greece’s bailout.
According to a Greek official, Tsipras told leaders they must respect January’s election result….. And was then challenged by Donald Tusk:
Greek official says Tusk told Tsipras at EU summit ‘game over’ –BBG
“No #eurozone summit today, no eurozone summit tomorrow,” says rather definitive #EU official. #Greece
Costas Lapavitsas, a Syriza MP, has made a new call for Greece to break away from the Eurozone, following the rejection of Athens’ compromise proposal.
Writing in the Guardian, Lapavistas said an influential group of Syriza’s MPs would soon make an “intervention”:
#Greece Lapavitsas: “a significant intervention by the Left Platform expected” on €xit http://t.co/uXxxhctXFS pic.twitter.com/IQowskfPl7
Thursday night in Athens. pic.twitter.com/eomUST7pW3
Could be another lively evening in Athens too:
Riot police, Communists and breakdancers: all within yards of each other on Syntagma Sq Athens #Greece pic.twitter.com/vXb4jeYIIY
So, where do we stand in the Greek crisis?
Leaked creditors’ bail-out plan for Greece – not quite take it or leave it but close #Grexit http://t.co/g2Eud9fepF http://t.co/eCiHsdhQQj
Still talk of a #eurozone leaders summit tonite. @atsipras wants it discussed at heads, official tells me. #Greece
So after the comprehensive Greek proposals, I am confident that we will reach a compromise that will help the eurozone and Greece to overcome the crisis.
The last hours have been really critical, but I have a good hunch that unlike in Sophocles’ tragedies, this Greek story will have a happy ending.
The Eurogroup has finished.
The institutions informed us about their intensive negotiations with the Greek government. We agreed that they will do an assessment of the last Greek proposals, because they came in very late today, just before the Eurogroup meeting.
“The #Eurogroup will PROBABLY reconvene on Saturday to take stock of the situation.” Most downbeat sentence ever? http://t.co/poq9at3PSo
.@J_Dijsselbloem: The door is still open for the Greek authorities to accept proposals tabled by institutions (meaning: that