Tsipras optimistic of eurozone deal after meeting Austria’s Faymann

Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said on Monday that he is “very optimistic” that an agreement with the eurozone can be found, starting with Wednesday’s Eurogroup.

“It’s in everyone’s interests to reach mutually beneficial solution,” he said after meeting Austrian Chancellor Werner Faymann in Vienna. “That’s why I am very optimistic”

“So far, we have not heard a viable alternative to the one that we are proposing. There is no reason for there not to be an agreement, apart from political reasons.”

Faymann also suggested that the eurozone should discuss Greece’s proposals for a bridge agreement until the summer, when a more comprehensive deal can be agreed.

“It’s a European obligation to seriously consider the proposals of the new Greek government,” he said. “It is an issue of respect.”