Merkel ally says give Greece more time

The top official of a key government ally of German Chancellor Angela Merkel is voicing his support to the demand of Athens for more time in order to adjust its finances, thereby relaxing the austerity program imposed on Greece in the face of a relentless recession.

Rainer Bruederle, the floor leader of the Free Democratic Party that is a coalition partner in Berlin, said it would ?make sense? to give Greece more time to implement reforms required as part of the European Union bailout package.

The statement will be published on Sunday in German newspaper Welt am Sonntag and was reported in a preview of an article on Saturday, citing Bruederle.