Greece must remain in the euro, Merkel says ahead of summit

German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Thursday underlined her support for Greece to remain in the eurozone, adding that she had seen ?a strong desire for change? during her visit to Athens last week.

?Many states have been implementing hard reforms and adjustment programs to tackle their specific problems,? Merkel told Germany’s Bundestag lower house a few hours before European Union leaders meet in Brussels for talks on the eurozone debt crisis.

?This is also true of Greece. I was able to see this for myself in Greece during my visit last week,? she added.

The German Chancellor said that Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras was expected to give his European peers an ?interim report? on negotiations with the troika of foreign lenders.

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