ECONOMY

Dijsselbloem expects deal with Greece in coming weeks [Update]

The head of the Eurogroup said on Tuesday that he expects Athens and its creditors to strike a new deal in the coming weeks and that it was in the eurozone’s interests that Greece remains in the currency bloc.

Jeroen Dijsselbloem, who heads the group of eurozone finance ministers, said Greece must meet its obligations and agreements if it wants to remain in the currency bloc. But he also said that a Greek exit was “not an option”.

If Greece leaves “the eurozone you (would) get very dangerous instability,” Dijsselbloem told broadcaster RTL. “It’s in the interests of Greece and the eurozone as a whole to avoid that.”

Greece is locked in negotiations with its international lenders. It risks running out of cash within weeks if it fails to strike a deal to unlock fresh bailout funds and is tapping into public cash reserves to meet immediate obligations.

“The money is starting to run out,” Dijsselbloem said.

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras is due to present plans to reform Greece’s economy before a meeting of euro zone finance ministers in Riga on April 24. He hopes to secure the release of bailout funds to prevent a default which could trigger a ‘Grexit’ or Greek exit from the euro.

Dijsselbloem said that if Greece wants to remain in the eurozone “it must meet certain conditions and agreements so we can reach a deal.”

[Reuters]