Greece talks ‘very difficult’ says Dijsselbloem but ‘still optimistic’

There is reason for some optimism on finding a solution for continued eurozone financing for Greece in exchange for reforms, the chairman of eurozone finance ministers Jeroen Dijsselbloem said after a round of initial talks.

Dijsselbloem held preparatory meetings with Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis, German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble and the head of the International Monetary Fund Christine Lagarde ahead of a meeting of all eurozone ministers.

“It is quite complicated. I am talking to the main players trying to find a solution. It will take some time but there is still reason for some optimism, but it is still very difficult,” Dijsselbloem said in a short statement to reporters.

“I hope to tell you the outcome in a couple of hours time,” he said before returning to the ministerial meeting.