EC ‘respects results’ of Greece referendum, Merkel and Hollande to meet

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The European Commission takes note of and respects the result of the referendum in Greece, the Commission said on July 5, soon after it became clear that Greek voters had overwhelmingly voted “no” in that day’s referendum.

The Commission said that its President, Jean-Claude Juncker was consulting “tonight and tomorrow” with the democratically elected leaders of the other 18 euro zone members as well as with the heads of the EU institutions.

Juncker would have a conference call among the “Euro-Institutionals” (with the President of the Euro Summit, the President of the Euro Group and the President of the European Central Bank) on Monday morning. He intends to address the European Parliament in Strasbourg on July 7, the Commission said.

The German federal chancellor’s press office said that chancellor Angela Merkel would travel to Paris on July 6 for a meeting with French president Francois Hollande.

They would arrive at a joint assessment of the situation after the Greek referendum and regarding continuing close Franco-German co-operation on this issue, the German chancellor’s office said.

In its own statement, the French president’s office described the meeting planned for July 6 between Merkel and Hollande as “part of the ongoing co-operation between France and Germany to contribute to a lasting solution in Greece”.

A separate statement by European Council President Donald Tusk said that there would be a special Euro Summit on July 7 at 6pm on the situation after the referendum in Greece.

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