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Samaras speaks with coalition leaders ahead of Berlin trip

Prime Minister Antonis Samaras has spoken to his coalition partners, PASOK?s Evangelos Venizelos and Democratic Left?s Fotis Kouvelis, ahead of a trip to Berlin on Friday to meet Chancellor Angela Merkel.

Samaras?s visit will be followed by talks with French President Francois Hollande in Paris on Saturday.

The premier had rejected the option of a meeting between coalition leaders this week in a bid to avoid any unforeseen developments in a week of crucial meetings. Instead, the three leaders spoke by phone on Thursday morning.

Samaras briefed Venizelos and Kouvelis on the content of his meeting with Eurogroup chief Jean-Claude Juncker on Wednesday.

Although Juncker was supportive of Greece in his comments, he warned that the country is facing its ?last chance? to remain in the eurozone.

Ahead of Samaras?s visit to Berlin, Germany’s Finance Minster Wolfgang Schaeuble indicated there was no willingness to extend Greece?s fiscal adjustment program by two years.

“More time is not a solution for the problems,» Schaeuble said in an interview with German radio station SWR.