Tsipras looks for political deal in Riga

Prime minister Alexis Tsipras arrived in Riga Thursday for a European Union leaders’ meeting on the sidelines of which he is scheduled to hold talks with German chancellor Angela Merkel and French president Francois Hollande.

“The discussions focussed on the will to reach an agreement on the current programme. They agreed on the need for the Greek authorities to continue their work with the three institutions,” German and French officials said.

Alexis Tsipras “talked about a long-term deal which would bring the prospect of an exit from the crisis,” Reuters reported, quoting a Greek official. Talks will continue as Tsipras will meet European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker Friday afternoon.

Despite Greece not being on the official agenda, the Greek side is hoping that these meetings will give the government a political go-ahead for a deal with creditors in the technical talks which are ongoing.

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(Tsipras and Merkel on the sidelines of the EU Council meeting in March 2015. Photo: EC audiovisual service)