ECONOMY

Dijsselbloem not sure of deal, Varoufakis hoping ‘costly discord’ will be replaced by ‘effective consensus’

The eurozone’s top official has his doubts about the prospects of any progress in bailout negotiations with Greece.

Arriving for a meeting of the eurozones 19 finance ministers, Jeroen Dijsselbloem says he isn’t sure there’d be any progress during the talks later: “We will not have a deal if it’s not a credible deal.”

Dijsselbloem says the eurozone wants “further steps from the Greek side because we need to have a solid deal. It needs to hold up in the coming years to be credible.”

Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis, meanwhile, said he was hoping his government’s plans will win backing from other eurozone states.

“The purpose is to replace costly discord with effective consensus,” he said.

[AP]